Diwali reminds us that out of darkness there is knowledge, wisdom, truth: Biden


By Lalit K Jha

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden sent Diwali greetings to people around the world, saying the Festival of Lights, in the midst of the pandemic, has deeper meaning and reminds everyone that from darkness there is knowledge, wisdom and truth. The president posted on Twitter a photo of himself lighting diyas (earthen lamps) with First Lady Jill Biden at the White House.

“May the light of Diwali remind us that from darkness comes knowledge, wisdom and truth. From division, unity. Despair, hope. To Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists celebrating in America and around the world – from the People’s House to yours, Happy Diwali, ”he said in a tweet Thursday.

In a joint statement, President Biden and First Lady Jill said that following the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Diwali has even deeper significance. “It is our honor to be the first president and the first lady to light a diya together at the White House to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights observed by over a billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and of Buddhists in the United States. , in India and around the world, ”they said.

“Like many cherished holidays during the pandemic, we know this year’s Diwali has an even deeper meaning. To those who have lost loved ones, we hope this sacred time will bring comfort and purpose to their memory, ”they said in the joint statement.

President Biden and Jill said they are grateful to those celebrating in America for making Diwali traditions part of American history.

“For generations you have opened your homes and hearts during Diwali to exchange gifts and sweets, organize parties with your family and friends, and organize cultural programs in our communities – with prayers and dances, works of art. vibrant and colorful art, sparklers and fireworks – which bring us all together.

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