United States President Donald Trump would celebrate Diwali in his Oval Office next Tuesday, the White House has said.
” Deputy Assistant to the President, Raj Shah, said in a statement on Thursday, “The President will be celebrating Diwali with a ceremonial lighting of the diya (lamp) in the Oval Office next Tuesday.
A day earlier Trump had greeted people celebrating the festival of lights the world over and said it is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and the United States.
Trump said that First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali.
“We recognise the extraordinary contributions of Indian-Americans to the strength and success of our nation. Their achievements in business and industry, public service, education, scientific research, and other fields continue to represent the very best of our American virtues and the spirit of the Diwali season,” said Trump, who had celebrated Diwali last year by lighting the ceremonial lamp in the Oval Office.
Asserting that Diwali is a joyous and spiritual time marked by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, Trump said lighting of lamps on the occasion symbolises the true meaning of Diwali, which is triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.