President sends greetings on Diwali

WASHINGTON (TIP): US President Barack Obama greeted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists across the globe on the occasion of Diwali, saying the flame of the diya reminds that light will ultimately triumph over darkness. “The flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness,” Obama said in his Diwali message yesterday. “Here in the US, Diwali also reminds us that our nation is home to many faiths and traditions, and that our diversity makes us stronger, which I why I’m proud that this year Democrats and Republicans in Congress joined together for the first-ever celebration of Diwali on Capitol Hill,” he said. Obama was referring to the first ever Diwali celebrations at the Capitol Hill early this week. “Over the last five years, Michelle and I have been honored to have the chance to observe this ancient holiday, both at the White House and in India, and we wish all those celebrating this weekend a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”In the message, the President said that for the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, reaffirms the things that matter most in life.

“Dancing, celebration, and good food remind us that life’s greatest joys are the simple pleasures that come from spending time with people we love. Contemplation and prayer remind us that that people of all faiths have an obligation to perform seva, or service to others,” Obama said. This year, Michelle would lead Diwali celebrations at the White House, which is expected to be attended by lawmakers, senior administration officials and eminent Indian Americans.” The First Lady will provide remarks at the White House Diwali celebration,” the White House announced yesterday. A media advisory said the festival of lights would be celebrated on November 5. Meanwhile, US Senators John Cornyn and Mark R Warner, co-chairs of Senate’s bipartisan India Caucus, announced that they would introduce a bipartisan resolution in the Congress to recognize the religious and historical significance of Diwali. The resolution honors an important tradition of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains in the flourishing Indian-American community in the US as well as those of our partners in India, they said.

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