Obama wishes Indians Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

Last Updated: Saturday,
November 02, 2013, 09:13
Washington: President Barack
Obama has wished Indians “a
Happy Diwali and Saal
Mubarak” saying the festival
reminded Americans that the US
“is home to many faiths and
traditions, and that our diversity
makes us stronger.”
That’s “why I’m proud that this
year Democrats and Republicans
in Congress joined together for
the first-ever celebration of
Diwali on Capitol Hill,” he said
in a statement issued Friday on
the observance of Diwali.
Over the last five years, Obama
noted, his spouse “Michelle and I
have been honoured to have the
chance to observe this ancient
holiday, both at the White House
and in India, and we wish all
those celebrating this weekend a
Happy Diwali and Saal
Mubarak.”
Like the previous years, the
White House will have a Diwali
celebration on Tuesday where
“the First Lady will provide
remarks.”
Obama has since 2009 kept up
the tradition of White House
Diwali celebrations started by
President George W. Bush in
2003.
Here is Obama’s full message:
“For the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and
Buddhists celebrating Diwali this
weekend, the Festival of Lights
reaffirms the things in life that
matter most.
“Dancing, celebration, and good
food remind us that life’s greatest
joys are the simple pleasures that
come from spending time with
people we love.
“Contemplation and prayer
remind us that that people of all
faiths have an obligation to
perform seva, or service to
others. And the flame of the
diya,or lamp, reminds us that
light will ultimately triumph
over darkness.
“Here in the United States,
Diwali also reminds us that our
nation is home to many faiths
and traditions, and that our
diversity makes us stronger,
which is why I’m proud that this
year Democrats and Republicans
in Congress joined together for
the first-ever celebration of
Diwali on Capitol Hill.
“Over the last five years,
Michelle and I have been
honoured to have the chance to
observe this ancient holiday,
both at the White House and in
India, and we wish all those
celebrating this weekend a
Happy Diwali and Saal
Mubarak.”

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