On Saturday (local time), US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent greetings to people on the occasion of Diwali.
“The First Lady and I extend our warmest wishes to all who celebrate Diwali this week. During this Festival of Lights, friends, neighbors and loved ones come together to commemorate the spiritual triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge As the diyas are lit in homes, places of work, communities and places of worship, their warmth reminds us of the hope and dedication that faith and tradition bring into our lives, ”read an official statement issued by the White House.
Trump said, “The United States is a deeply loyal nation, and I am proud of my administration’s work to uphold the constitutional right of all Americans to live and worship according to their conscience. Wherever Americans light diyas to celebrate Diwali, our nation shines as a beacon of religious freedom for all. “
“This year we are especially reminded to cherish and give thanks for the company of our friends and family. The First Lady and I wish the millions of people in the United States and around the world who observe Diwali a happy celebration and happy new beginnings, “he added.
It is believed that on this day Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned from a 14-year exile, in which he fought and won a battle against the demon king Ravana.
People across India and around the world celebrate the festival by decorating their homes, exchanging gifts and offering prayers to commemorate “the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance ”.
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