March 23, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2017) — Friday marks the start of the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, during which millions in the United States and around the world celebrate the spring harvest and the birth of the global Sikh community. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and a founder of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, I wish a happy Vaisakhi to everyone celebrating today! Sikh Americans have made innumerable contributions to strengthening the fabric of our nation and represent the best of America. It is an honor to join Sikhs across the country and around the world to celebrate this joyous occasion!”

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“Happy Vaisakhi to all those celebrating at home and around the world! I am proud that many Sikhs call California home and join them in celebrating the harvest festival.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus:

“Wishing a happy Vaisakhi to those celebrating in New York City and across the country. On this historically significant day, I remember the many contributions the Sikh community has made to our promote justice and equality in county and around the world.”

U.S. Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07):

“As people around the world celebrate the creation of Khalsa and the harvest festival, I am proud to mark the gains made this year by the Sikh community. Happy Vaisakhi!”

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06):

“It gives me great pleasure to wish the Sikh community in New York and throughout the world a very happy Vaisakhi. On this important day, I’m proud to recognize and salute the tremendous accomplishments and contributions that Sikhs have and continue to make to our nation. May everybody who observes the holiday have a joyous and prosperous celebration.”

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09):

“I want to wish our Sikh community in the Puget Sound Region and around the world a Happy Vaisakhi! This annual spring gathering celebrates the importance of justice, prosperity, and equality for all people. I thank the Sikh community for their contributions to the culturally rich and diverse 9th Congressional District. I am honored to join in celebrating our Sikh American neighbors on one of the most historically significant days for the Sikh community.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.

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