Here is how Barack Obama celebrated his Diwali
After UN, the US celebrates Diwali
Just a day after the United Nations had celebrated Diwali by lighting its HQ building, US President Barack Obama has also on Monday celebrated Diwali in the United States by lighting up the first-ever diya inside the Oval Office.
In a Facebook post shared to the millions of his followers, Obama had congratulated the Indian-Americans on the occasion with a picture of him lighting up the diya with Indian-American representatives alongside him.
“I was proud to be the first President who had hosted Diwali celebration at the White House in 2009, and Michelle and I will never ever forget how the people of India welcomed us with their open arms and hearts and danced with us in Mumbai on Diwali,” the US president said.
“To all who are celebrating the festival of lights across America and around the world, wish you all a very Happy Diwali. As Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists light the diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognise that this holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance,” said Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton also wished Diwali
US Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton took to social media in order to wish the people of India a very Happy Diwali.
People not only in India but all across the world celebrated Diwali on Sunday. For the members of these faiths, lighting the lamp (the diya) is a reminder that light always wins over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and also good over evil,” Clinton said. “Here in the United States, it is a tribute to the Indian American community that Diwali is celebrated with such beauty and joy. Regardless of our personal faith, Diwali reminds us that diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a nation that light always wins over darkness and that dharma — righteousness or goodness — must guide us toward a better tomorrow,” she said.