Thursday, October 15, 2009

Diwali at White House, US - Obama lights the 'Diya'


U.S President Barrack Obama celebrated Diwali today by lighting the ceremonial lamp(Diya) at the White House amidst chanting of Vedic mantras seeking world peace. He is the first U.S. President to personally grace the occasion. Among those present on the occasion were several eminent members of the Indian community, nearly half-a-dozen members of Mr. Obama’s Cabinet and several Indian-American members of his administration.


Obama said that Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.“In that spirit of celebration and contemplation, I am happy to light the White House Diya, and wish you all a Happy Diwali, and a Saal Mubarak,” the President said amidst a round of applause.

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