US President Joe Biden extended his greetings for Diwali on Sunday and urged Americans to “reflect on the strength of our shared light and embrace the enduring spirit of this holiday and of our nation”.
He credited South Asian Americans for weaving Diwali traditions “into the fabric” of America and said the festival symbolises the message of seeking the light of wisdom, love, and unity over the darkness of ignorance, hate, and division.
“To the more than one billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating in America and around the world, we wish you a happy Diwali,” said the US President.
On November 9, Vice President Kamala Harris continued the tradition with an early Diwali reception at her official residence. The event saw influential figures from the Indian and South Asian communities coming together for a grand celebration.