CAPAC Members Celebrate Diwali

Oct 25, 2019 Issues: Other Issues

Washington, D.C. – Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements in commemoration of Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists across the world every autumn.

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

“It gives me great joy to wish everyone celebrating in my district and across the country a Happy Diwali! Diwali commemorates the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil, which are lessons all Americans can appreciate and demonstrate, regardless of background or religion. I hope everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights has a blessed and enjoyable holiday.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice-Chair:

“Happy Diwali to all who observe the festival of lights. The holiday is a joyous time when family and friends come together to commemorate the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. I wish everybody celebrating in New York and across the globe much prosperity and happiness in year ahead!”

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

“Happy Diwali! This holiday provides us all with an occasion to remember and to cherish good’s victory over evil and the triumph of light over darkness. I encourage all Americans to reflect on these hopeful themes and to emulate them in our communities and our daily lives. I want to wish the millions of Sikh, Jain, and Hindu families around the world who take part in the Festival of Lights a safe and peaceful celebration on behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Saal Mubarak!”

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3), CAPAC Freshman Representative:

“Diwali is a time where millions around the world gather to celebrate the victory of good over evil. I wish all celebrating across New Jersey and the globe a joyous and prosperous day.”

Senator Kamala Harris (CA):

“Happy Diwali to all those who are celebrating in California and throughout our country. May the Festival of Lights inspire us to lift our communities up from darkness, live with hope instead of despair, and stand up for what’s right. I hope everyone celebrating gets the chance to spend time with their loved ones on such a joyous occasion.”

Senator Jacky Rosen (NV):

“Diwali is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and light springing forth from darkness,” said Senator Rosen. “During this celebratory time, I wish Nevada’s Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities, and all those who celebrate, a joy-filled holiday. I also wish to recognize our nation’s diversity, as well as our shared values and commitment to goodness, truth, and justice.”

Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7):

“Diwali is the celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. I’m proud to celebrate this joyous time of reflection with my Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus colleagues. I wish a safe and healthy Diwali to those celebrating in Sacramento, across the country, and around the world.”

Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39):

“I want to wish families in the 39th District and those celebrating around the world a 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 years to come.”

Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21):

“Happy Diwali to all celebrating in the Central Valley and everyone across the country! I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing this holiday, a time of joy and togetherness. Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and forces, a hopeful message I know we can all take to heart. As members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, it is our duty to highlight and celebrate the rich culture of AAPI communities in America.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7):

“Diwali reminds us that dharma – goodness, duty, righteousness – must always prevail. As we celebrate the Festival of Lights, let us commit to bringing hope and light to our work and our world. Let us continue to oppose the forces of hate, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia that seek to divide and distract us. And let us call out injustice and inequality wherever it occurs, whether on the borders of our land or in the lands of our birth.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Diwali is all about reflecting on our lives, learning from our mistakes, and growing in the coming year,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “It is also about good sweets, new clothes, and time with family and friends. Forgiveness, reflection, and cooperation are essential year-round, especially in a moment like this. I hope everyone is this country gets a chance to witness some of the Diwali celebrations – they are truly stunning.”

Congressman Krishnamoorthi (IL-8):

“Happy Diwali to all the Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains celebrating this time of thanks and reflection on the triumph of light over darkness and of good over evil. I wish all those celebrating safety and happiness as they gather with family, light lamps in the home, and pray for good health and peace in the year to come.”

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52):

“Happy Diwali to the more than one billion people celebrating across the world. In a time of increasing divisiveness, we must work together to fight back against extreme voices. May this year’s festival of lights bring joy and peace in San Diego and beyond as we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.”

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45):

“Happy Diwali to those celebrating in Orange County and around the world! The central message of Diwali, which emphasizes the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, is something that can bring us all together. I wish everyone a joyous and safe Festival of Lights!”

Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38):

“I wish a happy Diwali to Californians and the millions around the world celebrating the Festival of Lights. This holiday is truly special because of what it represents—the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Now more than ever, it’s important for all of us to take time to reflect, work through our differences, and know that the future is hopeful. Saal Mubarak!”


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of 75 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.