CAPAC Members Celebrate Holi

Mar 8, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to celebrate the start of Holi, the South Asian holiday known as the Festival of Colors:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28):

“Happy Holi to the millions that celebrate in the United States and around the world! Let us commemorate this festival of colors by remembering to see the light even in the face of darkness and to celebrate our differences as strengths. May the arrival of spring bring new beginnings, hope, and happiness to all.”

CAPAC First Vice-Chair Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06):

“I want to wish a very happy Holi to all who celebrate in Queens, New York state, and across our country. Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi is a joyous occasion to revel in the arrival of spring and to celebrate the victory of good over evil. In the spirit of Holi, I hope we can all find optimism in the conviction that good will prevail when we stand by our beliefs and step forward in unity. I am grateful for all things that bring our communities joy, peace, and strength. Happy Holi!”

CAPAC Whip Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-36):

“Happy Holi to those celebrating in Los Angeles County and around the country! Holi is a joyous celebration that welcomes spring and reminds us that good will always triumph over evil. As we celebrate the renewal of life that spring brings, I am hopeful that 2023 will bring us more light, peace, and joy. Wishing a happy and prosperous Festival of Colors to all!”

Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06):

“As the longest serving Indian American Member of Congress, I am proud to join my CAPAC colleagues in wishing a joyous and prosperous Holi to all those celebrating across the country and around the world! Holi is the celebration of light vanquishing darkness and the triumph of good over evil. This new spring season, let us recommit to spreading love and tolerance within our communities and celebrate the ties that bind us closer together.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07):

"Wishing a happy Holi to all who celebrate in Seattle and around the world! This is such a powerful time of year, as we come together to welcome in spring and new growth and celebrate the triumph of good over evil. I hope this holiday brings us all communion, love, and gratitude. Happy Holi!"

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Happy Holi to everyone in CA-17 and around the world celebrating. Holi is a reminder of the triumph of good over evil and that there’s a bright future ahead for our country. I hope this year’s celebration brings you joy, renewal, and hope for the coming year.”

Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-03):

“Happy Holi to everyone celebrating the Festival of Colors in New Jersey and across the country. Even through the most challenging times, Holi signals a brighter future and reminds us of the lasting triumph of good. We hope this vibrant, spring celebration brings you and your loved ones together, to celebrate love and hope for a brighter future.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08):

“I want to wish a happy and healthy Holi to all those celebrating across the world. During this festival of colors, let us take a moment to celebrate the arrival of spring and renew our commitment to bringing peace and prosperity to all.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-12):

“Happy Holi to Hindu communities in the East Bay and across the globe! The Festival of Colors is a celebration of good over evil, of light over darkness. May this special time bring you and your loved ones peace and joy as we enter spring.”

Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10):

"Happy Holi to everyone in the South Sound celebrating Spring and the promise of a brighter, more colorful future. As we celebrate light and goodness, may this coming year mean strengthening the bonds between family, friends, loved ones, and the communities we live in."

Rep. Shri Thanedar (MI-13):

"As we celebrate the start of Holi, let us boldly affirm our commitment to unity, diversity, and inclusivity. This festival of colors reminds us that our differences are a source of strength, and that by coming together with love and respect, we can overcome any obstacle. Let us pledge to continue spreading the vibrant hues of happiness and togetherness, and to stand up against hate and division in all its forms. Happy Holi to all in Michigan and around the world!"

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01):

“I hope everyone celebrating in Oregon and across our country has a joyful Holi. The Festival of Colors, traditionally marked by the throwing of colored powders, commemorates the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. After the winter we’ve experienced in Oregon, I look forward to a spring filled with warmth and light!”

Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-06):

“I am wishing all those celebrating in Michigan and across the world a safe and joyful Holi. May this beautiful celebration of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness bring peace into your hearts and homes. Happy Holi!”

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38):

“Happy Holi to all those celebrating in Southern California and across the country! This colorful festival brings communities together to celebrate the new spring season and its fortunes. I join my CAPAC colleagues in sending joy, positivity, and good wishes to you and your family.”