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Festival of Lights: All you need to know about Diwali

Festival of Lights: All you need to know about Diwali

Mr. Trump said he was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community in celebrating Diwali - the festival of lights.

With Diwali being celebrated across the world on Thursday, the Hindu community in Pakistan also observed the "festival of lights" with religious fervor. "Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE".

He continued, "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".

In its truest sense, the celebration of Diwali refers to the light of spiritual knowledge dispelling all ignorance about our transcendent reality.

For more on this, watch a report by Dunya News below.

Bhubaneswar: Taking place on October 19 this year in accordance to the Hindu lunar calendar is India's biggest festival, Diwali.

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Trump is the second president to light the Diwali diya in the Oval Office following Obama in 2016.

Celebrated by millions of people in India and all over the world, the festival has regional differences and varies according to religion.

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".

"All of us without any distinction on basis of our caste or status, as per tradition, do get indulged in purchase of gold and luxury goods", said Dr. Suresh Kumar, originally from Mirpurkhas and living in the metropolis for past 10 years. "So we'll forgo the fireworks", he said, amidst laughter from a Washington audience. To celebrate their return, villagers lighted oil lamps that illuminated the path in the darkness.

"So, there is a deep commitment among Indian-Americans to this presidency", he emphasized. "There is some unconfirmed reporting which is inaccurate", he said. "All five days are of prime importance to the Gujarati community", says socialite Bina Mehta, adding, "We start the festival on the first day, Dhanteras, and do puja in our shops and offices".

President Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations. Both events were held in the ornate East Room and packed with 240 eminent guests.


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