Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on White House Diwali Celebration

November 5, 2013
Press Release
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement regarding the White House celebration of Diwali this evening. The congresswoman is unable to attend the celebration as she is in Australia for her brother’s wedding.
“Across every state in our country and around the world this week, billions of people are joyously celebrating Diwali. I am grateful that President and Mrs. Obama are continuing this special White House tradition of honoring and recognizing Diwali with a celebration today at the White House.  According to spiritual tradition, Diwali is observed not only as a fun holiday; it is a time to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, truth over untruth and righteousness over wrong.  More importantly, it is a time of spiritual renewal. For Hindus everywhere, it is deeply meaningful to see such recognition of this celebration and its universal message of selflessness and righteousness.
“I am grateful to the President and Mrs. Obama for extending an invitation to me to participate in their Diwali event today.  While I could not be there in person due to a family commitment, like so many around the world, we are there in spirit and wish the President and Mrs. Obama a very happy Diwali.”
Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard joined her colleagues from the Congressional Caucus on Indians and Indian Americans to celebrate the first-ever Congressional Diwali Reception on Capitol Hill.

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