October 25, 2019

Senator Menendez Statement and Video in Observance of Diwali

Releases video from Congressional Delegation in India to wish New Jersey’s Indian-American Community a Happy Diwali

NEWARK – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the celebration of Diwali: 

“I join the millions of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in New Jersey and around the world who are celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. During my recent trip to India, I had the pleasure of taking an extensive tour of the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, which was a testament to the devotion of the BAPS community and a reminder of the transcendent power of faith. During sacred festivals like Diwali we celebrate and reflect on universal values: the triumph of good over evil, of knowledge over ignorance, and of light over darkness. I join those observing the holiday in lighting a lamp and praying for such victories in the year to come.

“Diwali also serves as a reminder to reflect on the plight of those who are less fortunate. I hope we all can take the time to pause and think on those who face oppression around the world, such as people who face persecution for worshipping the way they choose. Shared values, like those we celebrate on Diwali, transcend the boundaries of nationality and culture. I hope that this festival inspires us to recognize our common humanity and work together to help light triumph over darkness.

“To all celebrating, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Diwali and an auspicious year to come.”

Senator Menendez also released a video message in observance of Diwali recorded during his recent congressional delegation to India.


During the trip, the Senator met with civil society, security and government officials in India and focused promoting ways to fostering and strengthening the U.S.-India relationship. Senator Menendez also celebrated Ghandi’s 150th birthday, commemorated the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, and met with clean energy partners to discuss how to combat the growing climate change crisis.

New Jersey is home to nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans, making it the third highest state with an Indian-American population, just after California and New York. Indian-Americans also make up the largest group of foreign-born residents in the state.




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