As the festival of lights called Diwali is being celebrated today (Oct. 23) in India and other countries by the Indians, President Obama wished a Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate the festival.
“I want to wish a Happy Diwali to all those who are celebrating the festival of lights here in the United States and around the world. For Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists, lighting the lamp—the diya—is a chance to remember, even in the midst of darkness, that light will ultimately prevail,” said President Obama.
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Diwali has a religious significance for Indians – particularly the Hindus. It’s believed that on this day Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana returned to their kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years in exile.
Hindus celebrate their return by lighting the lamps in their homes on Diwali day.
Photo: President Barack Obama, Courtesy: The White House