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Biden-Harris, Trump greet the community on Diwali

Washington: President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris and President Donald Trump extended Diwali greetings to those celebrating the festival of lights on November 14.

“To the millions of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the Festival of Lights, @DrBiden and I send our best wishes for a #HappyDiwali. May your new year be filled with hope, happiness, and prosperity. Sal Mubarak,” Biden tweeted.

Harris tweeted: “Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff and I wish everyone celebrating around the world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year.”

In a joint statement, Biden and Harris said, “Like so many cherished traditions during the pandemic, we know this year’s Diwali and its symbolizing of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and empathy over apathy arrives with a deeper meaning… Diwali is ultimately a reminder of the light that’s within us all to hope and dream, and to overcome our differences and keep the faith in each other. That’s the light we see shining on this day and that will guide us through the darkness with knowledge, science, truth, unity, and compassion.”

The duo continued: “And that’s why as Diwali is celebrated via video calls and while socially distanced this year, we look forward to celebrating Diwali at the White House next year — in person, together with you, and in a nation healed and united.”

President Trump shared a picture of him lighting a lamp in the White House last Diwali in October 2019. ‘Happy Diwali’ was written on the photo. In the message on the occasion form the White House, Trump said, “The United States is a deeply faithful nation, and I am proud of my Administration’s work defending the constitutional right of all Americans to live and worship according to their conscience.  Wherever Americans light diyas to celebrate Diwali, our Nation shines bright as a beacon of religious liberty for all people.:

Vice-President Mike Pence greeted happy Diwali to all those celebrating the festival around the world.

Earlier, Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo also extended greetings on Deepavali.

President Trump tweeted a photo of him celebrating Diwali in the White House last year in October. (Photo: Twitter)
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