Another young member of the Hindu community, Larish, was busy preparing the rangoli, a colourful pattern created using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals on the floors of living rooms or courtyards, and said the community starts preparing for Diwali at least a month before the actual day.
Indian-American members of the Trump administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, gathered with the president Tuesday as he read an official statement and lit the ceremonial oil lamp known as the diya.
With Diwali being celebrated across the world on Thursday, the Hindu community in Pakistan also observed the "festival of lights" with religious fervor.
The Hindu Association of West Texas celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights on Sunday It is celebrated by Hindus to commemorate the triumph of good in all things.
He continued, "America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve bravely in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land". "It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in America, India and around the world", he said.
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Mentioning that on eve of Dhaneteras, essential part of Diwali celebrations, people prefer to procure "Lakshmi" (wealth) in accordance to their capacities, he said in present day scenario numerous people prefer to purchase prize bonds of varied denominations as well as shares of different commercial entities.
Journalists, however, were left in the lurch when, at the last minute, the White House announced that the diya lighting ceremony will be closed to the press. "In doing so, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family". We trust that the divine light of Diwali spread into your lives joy, peace, prosperity, happiness and good health.
Rajendar from Badin, who now considers Karachi his permanent abode with sizable number of friends belonging to other communities mainly Muslims, feels no inhibition in celebrating the festival.
Hindus await Diwali all year. "We wish you and your families a very happy Diwali". This year, Pence hosted an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. "So we'll forgo the fireworks", he said, amidst laughter from a Washington audience.
President Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations. The President lighting the Diwali lamps at the White House denoted a public display of the extension of American diversity.