US President, Barack Obama celebrated festival of lights by lighting first-ever Diya in Oval office at the white House. As US President, it was his last Diwali and he hoped his successors would continue the tradition. In 2009, He celebrated Diwali for the very first time and he was the first US President who hosted Diwali celebration in the White House. He also talked about this notable moment in a Facebook post.
He shared Facebook post including, picture of lightning of lamp on the auspicious occasion of Diwali on his official Facebook page with some Indian -American working in his administration. He also wished Happiness and peace on this Diwali on behalf of whole Obama family.
“I was proud to be the first President to host Diwali celebration at the White House in 2009, and Michelle and I will never forget how the people of India welcomed us with open arms and hearts and danced with us in Mumbai on Diwali,” Obama said.
“This year, I was honoured to kindle the first-ever diya in the Oval Office – a lamp that symbolises how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that I hope future Presidents will continue,” Obama said on the Facebook Page.
“On behalf of the entire Obama family, I wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness on this Diwali,” Obama said.
He also said “as Hindus,Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists light diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognize that holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
“It also speaks to a broader truth about our shared American experience. It’s a reminder of what’s possible when we see beyond the differences that too often divide us. It’s a reflection of the hopes and dreams that bind us together,” He said.
Obama said that it is a time to renew collective obligation to deepen those bonds, to stand in each other’s shoes and see the world through each other’s eyes, and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters — and as fellow Americans.
Democratic US Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton also grant her wishes on the occasion on Diwali. And said to continue Diwali celebrations at the White House if Got selected. There was no such wishes came from her Republican rival Donald Trump.
On this auspicious occasion of Diwali, Wishes from United States, lighted up the hearts of millions of Indians. As Diwali fever reached in US too where numbers of Indians live.