Diwali: Barack Obama Celebrates Hindu Festival Of Light

October 15, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Telegraph


Mr Obama became the first US president to personally take part in a White House ceremony for the festival of lights, lighting a diya (oil lamp) inside the executive mansion and bowing respectfully before a Hindu priest.

The festival will be officially marked in India and around the world on Saturday but celebrations are already underway.

"While this is a time of rejoicing, it's also a time for reflection, when we remember those who are less fortunate and renew our commitment to reach out to those in need," Mr Obama said.