This would be Trump’s third Diwali festivities at the White House, a tradition that began with his predecessor Barack Obama in 2009.
U.S. President Donald Trump will celebrate Diwali at the White House on Thursday, three days preceding the precise celebrations of the festivity of lights in India.
Trump would be celebrating his third Diwali at the White House, a custom that commenced with his forerunner Barack Obama in 2009. According to the White House, Trump will engage in the Diwali celebrations by lighting a ritual ‘diya’ (lamp) on Thursday.
No additional details of the festivities were open.
In 2007 at Oval Office, Trump celebrated his first Diwali at White House in the presence of a preferred group of Indian-American association leaders and members of his department.
Last year, Mr. Trump welcomed the then Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Singh Sarna, for the Diwali celebrations in the Roosevelt room.
While Diwali festivities have already started in the US.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott rejoiced Diwali on Saturday with the Indian-American leaders.
“We lit Diwali lanterns on display in the Governor’s Mansion. We presented Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit to Texas. We marked the victory of light over darkness,” he said in a tweet.
Republican Congressman of Texas Pete Olson also tweeted, “Rejoicing Diwali at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple.”
In 2017, after lighting the ritual ‘Diya’, Trump praised the Indian community’s contribution in different areas.
“You have made exceptional participation in art, science, medicine, business, and education. America is particularly grateful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve courageously in our equipped forces and as first responders in associations throughout our great land,” he said.
Both in the 2017 and 2018 Diwali festivities, Mr. Trump pointed to his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The United States has profound links to the nation of India and I am thankful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi,” he had said during 2018 Diwali celebrations.
While a U.S.-based non-profit group and cultural Hindu organization celebrated Vijaya Dashami at 35 places over America.
Over 7,000 youngsters, adults, and children joined in these celebrations during October, a media propaganda published by the association, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangha (HSS), said on Monday.
“We require more of the universal values. I hope and pray that all of us contribute to the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family) and that we must take care of the complete family every time,” Raja Krishnamoorthi, Indian-American Congressman stated in his talk in Illinois during the celebrations of Vijaya Dashami.
The HSS celebrations include a “Sharirika Pradarshan” (a sports presentation featuring team spirit, synergy, union, and strength).
In addition to yoga, Indian traditional games like kho-kho and kabaddi, followed by ‘Ghosh sanchalan’ (marching band) were also a portion of the celebrations.
“This year, Vijaya Dashami coincidentally falls between October 2 and November 12, the first regarding the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the other one 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev,” HSS-US president Vinod Ambastha stated.
“Both Guru Nanak and Gandhiji drew influence from the very timeless ‘dharma’ truth that acknowledges the sacredness of all humankind. Their teachings of kindness, balance, and service resonate fully and now. HSS members should acknowledge these teachings as they proceed to regard for the well-being of all,” he said.