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Obama celebrates Diwali by lighting 'Diya'
by Lalit K Jha
Press Trust of India Translate This Article
15 October 2009
On 15 October 2009 Press Trust of India reported:
Barack Obama is the first US President to honour the tradition of lighting a ceremonial lamp in recognition of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is celebrated on 17 October this year. The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House where the President lit the 'diya' amidst chanting of Vedic mantras for world peace.
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At the White House on Wednesday, US President Obama signed an executive order restoring a panel to address concerns of Asian-Americans. During the signing the President celebrated Diwali by lighting the traditional ceremonial lamp of oil.
The President was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying, 'I think it's fitting that we begin this work in the week leading up to the holiday of Diwali—the festival of lights—when members of some of the world's greatest faiths celebrate the triumph of good over evil.'
The festival is celebrated around the world by millions of people of many cultures and faiths.
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