CAPAC Members Celebrate Diwali

Oct 31, 2016

Washington, DC – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements in honor of Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists across the world:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“On behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I would like to wish all who celebrate the festival of lights a Happy Diwali! This joyous occasion symbolizes the lifting of spiritual darkness and is an important time to remember the many ways in which American Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists enrich our great nation. I wish everyone celebrating a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!”

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34):

“Now, in the 21st Century, let us always work to crowd out darkness with light. Happy Diwali! We wish all who celebrate the festival of lights peace, happiness, and prosperity.”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07):

“This year, nearly two million Indian Americans and roughly a billion people around the world will celebrate Diwali. This holiday celebrates the triumph of light and goodness over darkness and evil, as well as who we are as a community and all that we have accomplished. Last year, I was proud to host the largest ever Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill with more than 1,000 attendees, including 30 members of Congress. Earlier this year, I was pleased that the United States Postal Service has issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Diwali. I look forward to continuing to celebrate the contributions of the Indian American community, and wish everyone a happy Diwali!”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33):

“Happy Diwali to all! I am proud to join my colleagues and those around the world in celebrating this holiday. As friends and family gather together during this special time to reflect and celebrate the victory of good over evil, I extend my best wishes to all those celebrating the festival of lights.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

“It is a pleasure to wish a happy Diwali to all who are celebrating throughout the world, and in my home state of New York. Earlier this month, I was privileged to join the U.S. Postal Service at the Indian Consulate in New York City for the unveiling of the Diwali stamp; a stamp that commemorates the holiday. I am proud to have advocated for it, and I’m thrilled that Diwali is finally being recognized for the important role it plays in the fabric of our nation. Warmest wishes to everybody observing the festival of lights. Saal Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46):

“Happy Diwali! The Festival of Light is a celebration of victory over good and evil and reminds us all to welcome in the light and positivity in our lives. I hope this celebration brings you happiness, peace, and prosperity for the year to come.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“Happy Diwali! This inclusive holiday observed around the world is a powerful celebration of the triumph of knowledge over ignorance. In Washington state, the festival of lights is a joyous reminder that our diverse region celebrates many faiths and traditions. I wish all those celebrating a joyous and prosperous New Year!”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.