Diwali on Capitol Hill 2017

November 7th Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building, Kennedy Caucus Room

Indiaspora co-hosted a Diwali on Capitol Hill Celebration on November 7th from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room in Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave, NE. We joined fellow community organizations, including BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), The Art of Living Foundation, the Association of United Hindu & Jain Temples (UHJT), and the Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI) to host an auspicious evening to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, performed the ceremonial duties of lighting the diya. Several Members of Congress and Ambassadors offered remarks.

Congressman Ami Bera, an incumbent currently serving in Congress, speaks at the Diwali celebration.


Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, lights the ceremonial diya.


Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who mentioned his 8th Congressional district in Illinois has a 9 percent Indian-American population, also speaks at the Diwali on Capitol Hill celebration.


Members of Congress seated at the Diwali on Capitol Hill celebration.


Attendees listen to speakers at Diwali on Capitol Hill.


Display of offerings, or annkut, for Diwali celebration, created by BAPS.