Diwali - The festival of lights - in pics

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Diwali is celebrated by lighting candles and nowadays, fireworks are set off.

The fireworks signify Lord Ram's return to his kingdom after being exiled for 14 years and defeating King Ravana, when the local people set off their own version of fireworks.

During his term it was celebrated mostly in the India Treaty Room of the adjacent executive office building, which is part of the White House complex. "Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE".

There are several small as well as mid sized temples in Karachi, however, 200 years old, Swaminarayan is the largest one with sizable number of Hindus living around and therefore many prefer to join the religious ritual performed here. "America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve bravely in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land", he said.

Mentioning that on eve of Dhaneteras, essential part of Diwali celebrations, people prefer to procure "Lakshmi" (wealth) in accordance to their capacities, he said in present day scenario numerous people prefer to purchase prize bonds of varied denominations as well as shares of different commercial entities. "It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains in America, India and around the world", he said. "In doing so, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family". No explanation was given to reporters who had lined up on the portico outside the Oval Office, overlooking the Rose Garden.

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In his remarks, Mr. Trump said Indian-American neighbours and friends have made incredible contributions to the country - and to the world.

"We are in little position to throw lavish parties, however, do come together to celebrate at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir", she said mentioning that youngsters often arrange music shows on self help basis.

The day is traditionally observed by lighting oil lamps as a reminder to keep hearts and minds on a path of good while embracing knowledge or education, according to a press release.

We asked Shah about some media reports which mention a Diwali dinner hosted by President Trump at the White House for 200 Indian-Americans. We trust that the divine light of Diwali spread into your lives joy, peace, prosperity, happiness and good health. "There is some unconfirmed reporting which is inaccurate", he said.

The tradition of Diwali celebration at the White House was first started by President George Bush.

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