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White House celebrates Diwali

First Published: 25th October, 2022 8:16 IST

"We are honoured to host you. This is the first Diwali reception of this scale in the White House ever to be held," U.S. Prez Joe Biden said.

White House hosted the biggest Diwali reception as several Indian Americans from the Biden administration. Celebrations began after President Joe Biden lighted a traditional lamp to mark the Festival of Lights. Biden addressing the gathering said, “We are honoured to host you. This is the first Diwali reception of this scale in the White House ever to be held.

We have more Asian Americans than ever before in history and we want to thank you for making the Diwali celebration a joyous part of American culture.”

Biden thanked for the optimism, courage, and empathy demonstrated by the incredible South Asian community all across America.

Moreover, US vice-president Kamala Harris also delivered her Diwali greetings and said, “White House is the people’s House and together our President and First lady have made this place where every American can celebrate their honour and tradition.”

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