Barack Obama, The President of The United Nations has celebrated Diwali – The Festival Of Light, by lighting the first ever lamp or ‘Diya’ in the Oval Office of the White House and he hopes that his successors would continue the tradition. Barack Obama, was the first US president to celebrate Diwali personally at the White House in the year 2009. He also talked about this momentous occasion in a Facebook post soon after he lighted the Diya in his Oval Office with some Indian and Americans working with and in his administration.
President Barack Obama wrote in his Facebook post that ‘This year, he was honored to light the first-ever Diya in the Oval Office – a lamp that symbolizes how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that he hopes future Presidents will continue’. The post went viral on the social media, by late night it was liked by more than 1.5 lakh people across the globe and had been shared more than 33,000 times. Obama also said that this is a time to renew collective obligation to deepen those bonds, to stand in each other’s shoes and to see the world through each other’s eyes, and to hold each other as brothers and sisters and as fellow Americans.
Hillary Clinton, A Democratic presidential candidate, who has a large fan following in the Indian-American community greeted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains across the world on the festival of light, Diwali. Hillary Clinton said that ‘This Sunday, nearly a billion Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists around the globe – including more than two million Americans, will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. For the part of these faiths, lighting the lamp is a reminder that light prevails over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil’. Not only Diwali, but every festival brings people together and that is why we love the Festive Season.