CAPAC Members Celebrate Holi

Mar 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to commemorate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors:

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

“On behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I would like to wish a very joyous Holi to everyone celebrating the Festival of Colors! As we celebrate the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, may the beginning of this new spring season bring happiness, prosperity, and peace to all.”

Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus:

“The Festival of Holi is a time for communities to come together to celebrate the coming of spring. During this joyous festival, family and friends will join together through dance, music, meals, the lighting of bonfires celebrating goodness over evil, and the tossing of vibrant colored powders into the air, all in a grand celebration of peace, friendship, and harmony. Holi is a beautiful representation of the incredible diversity here in the U.S. and around the world. I wish a happy Holi to all those celebrating.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“Happy Holi to all those celebrating in Los Angeles and around the world. The festival of color marks the arrival of spring and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Today, I join my colleagues in wishing everyone a very happy Holi!”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07):

“As Indian Americans of Hindu faith gather across the nation to celebrate the beginning of spring, and the victory of good over evil, I invite all Americans to join in marking the triumph of light over darkness. With that, let us recommit to the fight against darkness by spreading love and tolerance, and opposing hate at every turn. Janine, Syd, and I wish all people celebrating this week a colorful, peaceful and joyous Holi. Be well. Holi Hai!

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02):

“Holi is a time to celebrate renewal and a strengthening of our communities and families. Since ancient times this festival of colors has commemorated divine pastimes, like when Lord Krishna played Holi with His friends and devotees. Along with millions of Hindus in the United States and around the world, I wish all a very happy Holi!”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“I wish all who are celebrating today a very happy Holi. May you celebrate with friends and family and enjoy the vibrant colors and joyous festivities that the renewal of spring brings.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“Today, I’m proud to join the East Bay and people around the world in celebrating Holi and the renewal of springtime. The Festival of Colors brings together communities in a beautiful celebration of diversity, peace, and joy. I wish all a safe and colorful Holi!”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06):

"It is a pleasure to wish a very happy Holi to all those observing the holiday. Known as the festival of colors, Holi is a joyous occasion in which friends and family mark the end of winter and arrival of spring. It also marks the triumph of good over evil. To the millions who celebrate, I send my warmest wishes for a prosperous and colorful holiday."

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41):

"I’m wishing a happy Holi to all those celebrating around the world. May you enjoy the company of friends and family, and may this celebration of spring bring you joy and prosperity."

Congressman Adam Smith (CA-09):

“As we mark the arrival of Spring, I would like to wish all those celebrating the Hindu Festival of Colors, a happy Holi. I am proud to welcome the new season with the culturally rich Seattle community I represent. Embracing and celebrating traditional holidays with our diverse communities continues to keep our country strong. I wish everyone a joyous and colorful Holi!”

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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.