WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Diwali is being celebrated joyously in America and around the world. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lit the ceremonial candle for the Festival of lights in Washington DC alongside other politicians including Illinois congressman Danny Davis. Elsewhere in the nations capitol, Vice President Kamala Harris was greeted by a contingent of Indian Americans celebrating the holiday. 
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott is making Diwali a family affair with his wife and close supporters. And fireworks were launched to mark the occassion in New York City. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers away from home. 
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney joined Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and others to announce the introduction of the Deepavali Day Act. This legislation would make Diwali a nationally recognized federal holiday.
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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.