President Trump Celebrates Diwali at White House; Praises India, Indian Americans

22 October, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • President Trump Celebrates Diwali at White House; Praises India, Indian Americans

Diwali, he said, is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion. "It is his understanding that Indian-Americans have made a tremendous contribution not just to this administration with people like Ajit Pai, Seema Verma, Nikki Haley, but also tremendous achievements throughout the United States in many fields such as medicine, finance, and business".

Diwali, which is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety across India, marks the return Lord Ram, the King of Ayodhya in northern India, after his victory over demon king Ravana in distant Lanka, as well as the culmination of his 14-year-long exile.

"Today, I was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community - to celebrate Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights", Trump said.

He continued, "America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve bravely in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land".

The Diwali Festival brings a message of unity and it is a time for families and communities to unite to spread a meaningful dialogue and shared respect amongst all. President Barack Obama was the first president to light the diya at the White House celebration.




In its truest sense, the celebration of Diwali refers to the light of spiritual knowledge dispelling all ignorance about our transcendent reality. "May we all strive for peace, prosperity and the triumph of light over darkness", US Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet. The Telugu community celebrates the festival by worshipping the Goddess.

"Wishing Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world a joyful Diwali".

During his term it was celebrated mostly in the India Treaty Room of the adjacent executive office building, which is part of the White House complex. "All five days are of prime importance to the Gujarati community", says socialite Bina Mehta, adding, "We start the festival on the first day, Dhanteras, and do puja in our shops and offices".

"We are in little position to throw lavish parties, however, do come together to celebrate at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir", she said mentioning that youngsters often arrange music shows on self help basis.

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

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