Washington, Oct 31: American President Barrack Obama celebrated Diwali in the White House by lighting the traditional Indian lamps. According to sources, Obama lighted the first lamp in the Oval Office of the White House and expressed hope that his successors would continue with the tradition in future also.
It may be mentioned that Obama is the first American President to celebrate Diwali on personal basis in 2009. He posted this memorable moment on his Facebook wall also. Recalling those moments Obama said that he and his wife Michelle could not forget the love and affection of the Indian community who welcomed us in Mumbai with open hearts and danced with us then.
He wrote on the Face Book page of White House, “This year, I am honoured to light the first lamp of Diwali in the Oval Office. This lamp is the symbol of victory of light over the darkness. I hope that the future Presidents would also continue this tradition”.
Meanwhile, with a hope to secure support of the American Indian population, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton extended her best compliment to the Indian Americans on Diwali and assured them to continue Diwali celebrations at the White House in case she gets elected to the top post.
In a statement issued by her campaign, Ms. Clinton said: “...nearly a billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists around the world—including more than two million Americans—will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. For members of these faiths, lighting the lamp (the diya) is a reminder that light prevails over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
“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 prevails over darkness, and that dharma—righteousness or goodness—must guide us toward a better tomorrow. If I have the honor of serving as president, I will be committed to building an Administration that reflects such diversity, including continuing White House celebrations of Diwali,” Hillary Clinton said.
“To those of you celebrating this joyous occasion, I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak,” she said.