US: A number of Indian Americans from the Biden administration attended the largest Diwali reception ever held at the White House on Monday.
“Honored to have you as our guest” Biden
“Honored to have you as our guest. The White House has never before hosted a Diwali reception of this sort. We want to congratulate you for making the Diwali festival a joyful part of American culture as there are now more Asian Americans than ever before,” during a celebration of Diwali at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden of the United States remarked.
Biden commended the Asian American population in the US for making the Diwali celebration a wonderful part of American culture and wished a happy Diwali to the more than one billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating this Festival of Lights in the US, India, and all around the world.
“As we host the official White House Diwali reception, we are honoured to light the diya surrounded by members of the most diverse Administration in American history–led by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American and South Asian American to become Vice President.”
Biden praised the remarkable South Asian community in America for its tenacity, hope, and empathetic nature.
Together, South Asian Americans “represent the soul of who we are as a nation,” whether they are assisting in the fight against the epidemic, creating an economy that benefits all people, or defending and serving our communities and the nation.
He remarked, “As our community has witnessed too often—that there is always evil lurking—as the world celebrates this gathering of light. The American ideal that we are all equal has been in conflict with the hard fact that we have never fully attained it over the course of American history.
Diwali serves as a reminder that each of us has the ability to illuminate the globe, whether it is here in America or elsewhere, by symbolising the triumph of light over darkness.
“May everyone who celebrates Diwali have the opportunity to rejoice and connect, to experience the pride of the community, and to remember the power in the gathering of light,” added Biden. “There will be prayers, dancing, fireworks, and sweets.”
Also speaking from the White House on the occasion of Diwali celebrations was US vice president Kamala Harris. “The White House is the people’s house,” she declared. “Our president and first lady have created a space here where every American may honour their traditions and heritage.”
Vice President Harris stated that the Biden administration will light the “Diya” tonight in celebration of the struggle between light and darkness, wisdom and ignorance, and good over evil.
Additionally, Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, hailed the Asian American community for “helping us light our way forward.”
“I’m thankful that these diyas led you to this house today with tenacity, faith, and love. a place that you all call home, “said the first lady.
Diwali is a happy holiday that represents the victory of good over evil. The holiday is marked with spectacular lights, firecrackers, delectable traditional desserts, and gift-exchanging.
While Hindus observe this event to mark Lord Rama’s return from his 14-year exile and his victory over Ravana, for those of the Jain faith, it symbolises spiritual advancement because it commemorates Mahavira, the final Tirthankara, achieving Nirvana or Moksha.
According to the lunisolar Hindu calendar, Diwali, often known as the “festival of lights,” is celebrated continuously for five days beginning in late Ashwin and ending in early Kartika.
Six distinct principal storylines are related to each festival day. Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi, the goddess of riches, are revered at Diwali in North India as a sign of welcome prosperity and abundance.