New Delhi: US President-elect Joe Biden, Vice-President elect Kamala Harris and incumbent President Donald Trump on Saturday extended their wishes on the occasion of Diwali to those celebrating the festival of lights. The foreign leaders also wished citizens a ‘Sal Mubarak’ – the Gujarati New Year, which falls a day after Diwali. Also Read – Bihar: Fresh Young Faces Likely to Get Cabinet Berth as NDA MLAs Meet Today to Select Next CM
Taking to Twitter, Biden wished on behalf of wife Dr Jill Biden as well. He wrote, “To the millions of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the Festival of Lights, @DrBiden and I send our best wishes for a #HappyDiwali. May your new year be filled with hope, happiness, and prosperity. Sal Mubarak.” Also Read – Day After Ceasefire Violations, Imran Khan Tells India He Knows How to Defend Pakistan
Harris, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian-American and Black woman Vice President in the US also extended her greetings through a tweet. She wrote, “Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff and I wish everyone celebrating around the world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year.” Also Read – Turkish Grand Prix 2020: Canadian Lance Stroll Takes Career-First Pole Position
Biden and Harris also wished a happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the festival of lights across the US, India, and the world through a joint statement.
“Like so many cherished traditions during the pandemic, we know this year’s Diwali and its symbolising of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and empathy over apathy arrives with a deeper meaning,” the joint statement said.
“Our hearts go out to everyone who is ushering in this new year with the recent loss of a loved one, or who finds themselves fallen on hard times. Our prayers remain with everyone fighting the pandemic on the frontlines instead of staying safe at home in prayer with their families. And, we know the sadness of being apart on a day that truly signifies the blessing of family and friendship,” they said.
“But Diwali is ultimately a reminder of the light that’s within us all to hope and dream, and to overcome our differences and keep the faith in each other. That’s the light we see shining on this day and that will guide us through the darkness with knowledge, science, truth, unity, and compassion, the joint statement said.
“And that’s why as Diwali is celebrated via video calls and while socially distanced this year, we look forward to celebrating Diwali at the White House next year – in person, together with you, and in a nation healed and united,” they said.
President Trump, a Republican, who was defeated by Biden in the November 3 presidential election, shared a picture of him lighting a lamp in the White House along with Indian American members of his administration.
‘Happy Diwali’ was written on the photo.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2020
“During this Festival of Lights, friends, neighbours, and loved ones join in fellowship to commemorate the spiritual triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. As diyas are lit throughout homes, workplaces, communities, and places of worship, their warmth reminds us of the hope and devotion that faith and tradition bring into our lives, Trump said in his Diwali greetings.
“The United States is a deeply faithful nation, and I am proud of my Administration’s work defending the constitutional right of all Americans to live and worship according to their conscience. Wherever Americans light diyas to celebrate Diwali, our Nation shines bright as a beacon of religious liberty for all people, he said.
“This year, we are especially reminded to cherish and give thanks for the companionship of our friends and family. The First Lady and I wish the millions of people in the United States and around the world observing Diwali a joyous celebration and prosperous new beginnings, Trump said.
Vice President Mike Pence greeted happy Diwali to all those celebrating the festival around the world as well.
Earlier, Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo also extended greetings on Diwali.