Runestad resolution honors Diwali celebration

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Jim Runestad introduced a resolution on Tuesday to recognize the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Diwali.

He was joined by members of the Indian Community from the 15th Senate District who visited the state Capitol for the special recognition. Senate Resolution 91 was adopted by a voice vote.

“It was a great honor to welcome my friends from Oakland County to the Senate in celebration of Diwali,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “It is said the rows of lamps lit as part of the Diwali celebration symbolize the light within the individual that rids the soul of the darkness of ignorance. This universal lesson of light triumphing over darkness — the ideal that good triumphs over evil — is a message of hope, peace and prosperity that unites all people of goodwill.”

Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists — totaling more than one billion people around the world. The festival, which begins Nov. 4 this year, is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.

“I wish all who celebrate the festival of Diwali a peaceful and joyful holiday,” Runestad said.

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Members of Oakland County’s Indian Community joined Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, at the state Capitol on Tuesday for the adoption of Senate Resolution 91, which he sponsored in recognition of the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Diwali. From left to right: Sreenivas Oruganti, Zahara Begum, Sunny Reddy, Runestad, Joe Peddiboyina, Dr. Harsha Krishna, and Narsaraj Kompally.