Thousands celebrate Diwali in Leicester

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United States President Donald Trump celebrated the Hindu festival of lights- Diwali at the White House with Indian Americans on 15 October.

Diwali or festival of lights also coincides with the return of Lord Rama, another major mythological character who as per belief returned homed after an exile of 14 years.

Diwali is held late in the year as a celebration of light over darkness and good over evil.

Temples and homes across the city will be aglow with light this week as the worldwide festival - one of the most important holidays for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs - kicks off.

He continued, "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".

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In the first year of his presidency, former president Barack Obama lit the ceremonial Diya in the East Room of the White House.

"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.

"All of us without any distinction on basis of our caste or status, as per tradition, do get indulged in purchase of gold and luxury goods", said Dr. Suresh Kumar, originally from Mirpurkhas and living in the metropolis for past 10 years. To celebrate their return, villagers lighted oil lamps that illuminated the path in the darkness.

The top Indian-American White House official affirmed the Indian diaspora is "a natural Republican constituency", noting that its members believe in free markets, many have made tremendous achievements in medical, science and other fields, they relate to the entrepreneurial spirit and small business investments that the President is very committed to. We visit family and friends and host get-togethers. Debunking such erroneous stories, he made it clear that the diya lighting ceremony is the only Diwali function at the White House. The President lighting the Diwali lamps at the White House denoted a public display of the extension of American diversity. "Today's event is how this president, this White House is going to be commemorating Diwali".