President Donald Trump lights Diwali diya in White House for third consecutive year

In a special Diwali message, Trump reiterates his commitment to religious liberty

By Geeta Goindi

Washington, DC, October 27, 2019 – For the third consecutive year, President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali, the popular Indian festival of lights, in the White House by lighting the ceremonial ‘diya’ (traditional lamp).

It was a private event held Thursday afternoon in the Oval Office with attendees being primarily Indian-Americans serving in his administration.

President Trump celebrates Diwali by lighting ‘diya’ in Oval Office

Celebrating Diwali is an annual tradition that Trump has steadfastly maintained ever since he occupied the White House in 2017 – a heart-warming gesture for Indians around the globe.

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President Donald Trump lighting the Diwali ‘diya’ in the Oval Office, surrounded primarily by Indian-Americans serving in his administration. It is the third consecutive year that the president has celebrated the popular Indian festival of lights in the White House. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

In a special message released by the White House on Friday, the president reiterated his commitment to religious freedom.

“The observance of Diwali throughout America is an important reminder of the significance of one of our nation’s core tenets – religious liberty”, he said. “My administration will continue to defend the rights enshrined in our constitution that enable people of all faiths to worship according to their beliefs and conscience”, he pledged.

President Trump hosts Diwali at White House for second year in a row

Trump noted, “For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is an opportunity to commemorate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Throughout this holy time, members of these faiths engage in prayer, light diyas and lanterns, and partake in traditional feasts and other festivities with friends and family”.

“As Diwali commences, Melania and I wish those observing the festival of lights a blessed and happy celebration”, he said. “We pray that this year’s observance brings love, joy and eternal peace”.

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At the 2019 Diwali ‘diya’ lighting ceremony in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump is surrounded primarily by Indian-Americans serving in his administration. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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President Trump lights Diwali ‘diya’ in White House for third consecutive year

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