President Biden wishes Indian-Americans, others, Happy New Year on Vaisakhi

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during a meeting on immigration Wednesday, March 24, 2021, where Biden announced he was tapping Harris to handle the border crisis. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman

On April 13, 2021, President Biden tweeted out his good wishes on the occasion of Vaisakhi and New Year celebrations to several communities.

“Jill and I send our warmest wishes to the South Asian and Southeast Asian communities who are celebrating Vaisakhi, Navratri, Songkran, and the incoming New Year this week. Happy Bengali, Cambodian, Lao, Myanmarese, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Thai, and Vishu New Year!” the President tweeted.

He also issued a statement for Ramadan, as did Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden also tweeted out a message for Ramadan on April 12, saying, “As the crescent moon ushers in the month, Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.”

Several U.S. lawmakers also tweeted out Vaisakhi messages, including Congressman Ami Bera, D-California; Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, Senators Chuck Schumer, D-New York, the Senate Majority Leader, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.

Rep. Pallone, D-NJ, along with Rep. John Garamendi of California, who is also chair of the Sikh Congressional Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the Sikh celebration of Vaisakhi. A resolution on Vaisakhi is introduced almost every year to recognize the festival, and as in other years, it was co-sponsored by numerous lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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