First Hindu Elected to Congress: Happy Diwali Today

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This day celebrates the triumph of truth over untruth, of righteousness over wrong.

So notes Rep.-elect  Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who will be the first Hindu member of Congress.

Today she offers wishes for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Hawaii made more history on Election Day: also electing Mazie Hirono, the first Buddhist senator.

The two are Democrats.

Gabbard, 31, was born in American Samoa, and when she was two her family moved to Hawaii.  She served on the Honolulu City Council and in 2006 was elected to the Hawaii Legislature. She  left to serve with the National Guard’s 29th Brigade as a medical operations specialist deployed in Iraq. In 2006, Gabbard went to Washington to serve as a legislative aide to Sen. Daniel Akaka, who is retiring.

Today is Diwali, Gabbard notes in this video honoring the holiday.

“True happiness comes from working in service to others,” she explains. The deeper meaning of Diwali “could not come at a more appropriate time.  As we put the campaigns and election year behind us, it’s time now for us all to come together.”

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