By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a big celebration on the eve of Diwali in New York.

Fireworks lit the sky over the Hudson River on Wednesday night.

The five-day Festival of Lights begins Thursday and will be celebrated by more than 1 billion people worldwide.

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced a bill in Washington to make Diwali a federal holiday.

CBSNewYork Team