Happy Diwali From the white house to all who are celebrating the festival of lights this weekend! Check out the president’s video message and let us know what you think!
First time In the History of the United States Of America, President Barack Obama has given the Greeting Message in a Recorded Video to The Hindus living in the US and around the world on the occasion on Deepawali or Diwali means the Festival of Light in Asia.
U.S. President Barack Obama wishes you a happy Diwali! In a video message recorded at the White House and posted on its Web site, President Obama expresses his “warmest wishes for Diwali to all who celebrate this auspicious holiday here in America and around the world.”
In the two minutes long message, Obama starts by explaining what the festival of lights means to those who celebrate it, whether they are Hindus, Jains, or Sikhs. Obama, known for commemorating holidays from all religions, seizes the occasion to talk about those who are “less fortunate,” who “do not enjoy the same rights to speak or worship freely.” He says that “our hearts are with them.”
The president also expresses hope that “at this sacred time of year,” people from all religions and cultures can join together to “make a habit of empathy and reach out to those most in need.”
Obama ends by saying that “Michelle and I wish you a happy Diwali.”