US President Barack Obama has celebrated Diwali by lighting the first-ever diya in the Oval Office of the White House.
President Obama kindled the Diya in his oval office with some Indian-Americans working in his administration. Obama is the first US president to Celebrate Diwali personally at the White House in 2009.
Soon after he kindled the Diya, he talked about this momentous occasion in a Facebook post.
“I was proud to be the first President to host a Diwali celebration at the White House in 2009, and Michelle and I will never forget how the people of India welcomed us with open arms and hearts and danced with us in Mumbai on Diwali,” Obama said.
“This year, I was honoured to kindle the first-ever diya in the Oval Office — a lamp that symbolizes how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that I hope future Presidents will continue,” Obama said on the White House Facebook page, which became viral on the social media.
You can read the entire post here.