US President Donald Trump on Sunday celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, at White House in Washington.
Trump also tweeted a video of him lighting diyas and said, “As Diwali commences, Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration! Happy Diwali.”
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In an official statement, Trump said, “For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is an opportunity to commemorate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.”
The statement further said, “Throughout this holy time, members of these faiths engage in prayer, light diyas and lanterns, and partake in traditional feasts and other festivities with friends and family.”
Trump in the statement said that the observance of Diwali throughout America was an important reminder of the “significance of one of our Nation’s core tenetsreligious liberty”.
“My Administration will continue to defend the rights enshrined in our Constitution that enable people of all faiths to worship according to their beliefs and conscience,” Trump said.
“We pray that this year’s observance brings love, joy, and eternal peace,” Trump added.
The ceremony was held hours ahead of Trump’s annoucement at the White House at 9 am EST (1300 GMT) on Sunday. However, it was unclear what the topic of Trump’s statement might be.