Happy Diwali to all

Oct 22, 2017, 01:21
Happy Diwali to all

In his address to the gathering at the White House, President Trump described Diwali as "one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion". "Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE".

Speaking to Indian-Americans in the room and elsewhere, Trump said, "You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education". "In doing so, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family".

Indian-American members of the Trump administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, gathered with the president Tuesday as he read an official statement and lit the ceremonial oil lamp known as the diya. "May we all strive for peace, prosperity and the triumph of light over darkness", US Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet.

Hindus await Diwali all year. The Telugu community celebrates the festival by worshipping the Goddess.

It is my honest wish that the joy, cheer and merriment of this divine festival surround us forever, may the happiness which this season brings, brighten everyone's life and bring peace and prosperity. "It's celebrated all across India and the world", said Ravinder Singh, owner of Brampton Foods in Ottawa.

"Generally, fireworks accompany that. So we'll forgo the fireworks", he said, amidst laughter from a Washington audience.

Attired in colorful and traditional costumes members of the community are little reluctant to allow others to join the festivity.

With the shining of diyas and the echoes of the chants, may prosperity and happiness of this festival of lights fill all the lives.

Wishing a Happy Deepawali to all the families in Fiji. This year, Pence hosted an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House.

Trump is the second president to light the Diwali diya in the Oval Office following Obama in 2016.

President Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations.

It is noteworthy that former President Obama celebrated Diwali at the White House for the first time in 2009, and former First Lady Michelle Obama continued the tradition in 2013.

In his a year ago in office in 2016, Mr. Obama for the first time observed the festival of lights in the Oval Office.