Festival of Lights: All you need to know about Diwali

Kelvin Reese
October 22, 2017

In the Diwali tradition, Trump also lit oil lamps - called diyas - to mark the auspicious occasion which Hindus believes brings light over darkness, and hailed the Indian community's contribution in different fields.

Acknowledging the contributions of the Indian American community, Trump said, "Our Indian-American neighbors and friends have made incredible contributions to our country - and to the world".

With Diwali being celebrated across the world on Thursday, the Hindu community in Pakistan also observed the "festival of lights" with religious fervor.

While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region, the festival is celebrated to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil. "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", he said. "As a Telugu, we celebrate the festival of lights in honour of Goddess Lakshmi. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains in America, India and around the world". "In doing so, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family".

Journalists, however, were left in the lurch when, at the last minute, the White House announced that the diya lighting ceremony will be closed to the press.

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Thus, Diwali is the celebration of human potential of inner light of self knowledge that dispels darkness of ignorance caused by ego, evils and vices.

Special foods and sweets to celebrate Diwali are on sale at Brampton Foods. "Looking forward to my visit to India for GES2017", Ms. Ivanka tweeted along with a picture of President Trump celebrating festival of lights in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.

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

Attired in colorful and traditional costumes members of the community are little reluctant to allow others to join the festivity.

The tradition of Diwali celebration at the White House was first started by President George Bush. This year, Pence hosted an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. "Today's event is how this president, this White House is going to be commemorating Diwali".

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