President Trump celebrates Diwali by lighting 'diya' in Oval Office

Diwali: everything you need to know

Diwali: everything you need to know

In his remarks, Mr. Trump said Indian-American neighbours and friends have made incredible contributions to the country - and to the world.

Millions of people have flocked to firework displays, prayers and events to mark the start of Diwali, the annual festival of light celebrated every autumn around the world.

Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu faith as it marks the end of the Hindu year and signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance.

Mentioning that on eve of Dhaneteras, essential part of Diwali celebrations, people prefer to procure "Lakshmi" (wealth) in accordance to their capacities, he said in present day scenario numerous people prefer to purchase prize bonds of varied denominations as well as shares of different commercial entities. "Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in America, India and around the world", he said. "In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family". The Telugu community celebrates the festival by worshipping the Goddess. "May we all strive for peace, prosperity and the triumph of light over darkness", US Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet.

"Many of my non Hindu friends await for specially prepared candies, considered to be a specialty of ours", said Rajendar.

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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.

Speaking to us about the ceremony, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said, "This is a tremendous event".

America's top corporate leadership too joined the festivities.

Trump poses in a group photo with US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley (left), following a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Oval Office at the White House, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in Washington, DC.

According to him, Hindus celebrate Diwali with religious fervor, devotion, traditional zeal and great enthusiasm around the world, especially in Pakistan where a sizeable Hindu community live.

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