Senator John Cornyn, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus said that, “Diwali’s message of tolerance and compassion is one that all Americans can appreciate. As our friends in the Indian community here in Texas and around the world come together to mark the Festival of Lights, Sandy and I send our sincere wishes for a joyous and prosperous new year”.
Congressman Joe Crowley, Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus said that, “This meaningful festival is about the pursuit of light over darkness, good over evil. It is a time for reflection and renewal, and it is a time for peace. As people from many backgrounds come together to celebrate Diwali, let us all be reminded of the important message of compassion and community. Happy Diwali!”
“To the millions who are celebrating around the globe, I wish you a happy Diwali. During this festival, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains recognise the victory of good over evil, light over darkness,” said Congressman Ami Bera.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress said, “As we light our lamps on the first day of Diwali, it is a time for us to reflect on the true meaning of Diwali, in our own lives. This holiday is a joyous occasion for many of us as we reflect on the year behind us and renew our spirits for the year to come”.
Congressman Michael Honda said, “As we view images from around the world of lit Diyas, or oil lamps, illuminating the night sky during this year’s joyous Festival of Lights, let us reflect on the meaning behind this symbolic tradition–namely, the triumph of light over dark, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.