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President Obama wishes everyone a Happy Diwali

November 5, 2010 |  9:54 am

The Sikh Golden Temple is lit for Diwali

Statement by President Obama on Diwali, as provided by the White House

Tomorrow (Nov. 5), Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, here in America and around the world, will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. This is a day when members of some of the world's oldest religions celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Last year, I marked this holiday as many will this weekend – by lighting the Diya, or lamp.

This lamp symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection – a time when we must remember that there are always others less fortunate then ourselves. This holiday reminds us all that we should commit ourselves to helping those in need.  For many, this is also a time to gather with family and to pray. 

To those celebrating Diwali in India, I look forward to visiting you over the next few days. And to all those who will celebrate this joyous occasion on Friday, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.   ####

Photo: Prabhjot Gill / Associated Press (Traditional Sikh warrior by the Golden Temple on the eve of Diwali.)

Photos: Diwali, festival of lights

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