CAPAC Members Celebrate Diwali

Nov 4, 2021

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

CAPAC Leadership

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

“Happy Diwali to all who celebrate! Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, and goodness over evil, something I know that so many of us can relate to as we heal and recover from the pandemic. That is why I hope that this bright occasion will be a reminder that in the face of despair, hope will prevail. And may this festival be an opportunity to reflect on our strength as a community, and to embrace the diversity that surrounds us. On behalf of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I hope your Diwali is safe, peaceful, and full of light.”

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

“Happy Diwali! It is an honor to wish a happy holiday to everybody celebrating in my home state of New York and throughout the country. The festival of lights is a joyous time marked by commemorating the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. As we reflect on these values, let us remind ourselves to keep hope in the face of adversity and celebrate the strength that comes from our diversity, and the rich culture of our communities. I hope this year’s celebration brings you and your loved ones peace, happiness, and prosperity.”

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

“Happy Diwali to all those celebrating in CA-33 and across the country! Diwali is a joyous occasion to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and goodness over evil. May this wonderful holiday inspire us all to let hope guide us into a brighter future. I wish all those celebrating a safe, happy, and healthy Festival of Lights.”

CAPAC Executive Board Members

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07):

“I’m proud to join my Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus colleagues in observing Diwali, the celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. As the longest serving Indian American Member of Congress, I wish a safe and healthy Diwali to those celebrating across the country and around the world.”

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01):

“In my home state of Hawaii, which has a rich history of immigration from India, we identify with the ‘Festival of Lights’. Like India, we also share with the rest of the world the values of Aloha – ‘caring and compassion’ – and ‘Ike Pono, to ‘know, feel and understand’. As a proud member in Congress of both the India Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am honored to join with our friends in India to share these universal values toward a world of peace and harmony.”

Congressman Al Green (TX-09):

“The Festival of Lights is a celebration of unity and new beginnings. May we allow this holiday to provide fortitude and remind us that love is greater than hate, courage reigns above fear, hope prevails over despair, and light triumphs over darkness. Best wishes for health, wealth, and happiness to all observers of Diwali across our nation and around the world.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07):

“Diwali reminds us that dharma – goodness, duty, and 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. As the first Indian American woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, I am proud to lift up the voices of our community and bring the values and traditions of my birth country to the Halls of Congress.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Wishing everyone in our district and across the country a happy Diwali! Let us take this time to step back, reflect, and celebrate the Festival of Lights, which reminds us that light will always triumph over darkness.”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):

“I join my colleagues in celebrating the beginning of Diwali: the Festival of Light. This holiday reminds us that light triumphs darkness, good triumphs evil, and hope triumphs despair. As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I wish those celebrating in my district and around the world a joyous and safe Diwali!”

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10):

“Wishing a happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all those observing in the South Sound, throughout our nation, and across the globe! The Festival of Lights is a time where millions come together to celebrate new beginnings, and light over darkness. As we continue to recover and rebuild our communities from the challenges of the pandemic, let us draw inspiration from this joyous holiday and the strength and diversity of the AAPI community.”

CAPAC Associate Members

Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32):

“As we turn the corner toward brighter days for our nation, the celebration of Diwali and the triumph of light over darkness rings truer than ever. I wish all those celebrating in North Texas and across the country a bright and joyous holiday.”

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05):

“Happy Diwali to all who celebrate! This year, the Festival of Lights is especially meaningful as we come out of a period of great darkness into a bright and hopeful future. I hope that this joyous occasion brings you peace, comfort, and prosperity, and you are able to come together with family and friends to enjoy this celebration.”

Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04):

​“Happy Diwali to all those who observe and celebrate in Nevada’s Fourth District and across the country! I’m glad to stand with my CAPAC colleagues to recognize this Festival of Lights, a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, hope over despair, and the victory of good over evil. I wish happiness, joy, and peace to all who are celebrating. Have a safe, happy, and healthy Diwali!”

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12):

“I wish a Happy Diwali to all those celebrating around the world as we enter the time of reflection and renewal that marks the Hindu New Year. This beautiful festival celebrates lightness over dark, goodness over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. As communities across NY-12 and the country come together to celebrate, let us turn our own efforts so that goodness and righteousness guide us toward a better future in which light sustains and nourishes us even in the bleakest of times. Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!”

Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35):

“I am wishing a happy and safe Diwali to all those celebrating around the world. The Festival of Lights is a time to celebrate the light in our lives, rather than the darkness, and triumph over despair. As we celebrate, let us commit to sharing light and goodness with those around us, and look to the future with a renewed sense of hope.”