“We are honored to host you,” Biden said during a reception to celebrate Diwali at the Wide House. This is the first Diwali reception of this scale at the White House. We have more Asian Americans than ever before and we want to thank you for making Diwali a part of American culture. Together, South Asian Americans represent who we are as a nation, he said.
‘We can all bring light’
Biden said that as a symbol of the victory of light over darkness, the festival of Diwali reminds us that each of us has the power to bring light to the world, whether in America or anywhere in the world. Kamala Harris also addressed the Indian community on the occasion. He said that the White House is the ‘home of the people’. Together, our President and the nation’s First Lady have made this a place where every American can celebrate their tradition and culture.
First Lady said – this ‘home’ belongs to all of you
Biden’s wife and US First Lady Jill Biden praised the Asian-American community in America for their “support for progress”. Biden said that with faith and with love, I am grateful to all of you that you have come to this house with these lamps today. This house belongs to all of you. Diwali is the biggest festival of Hindu community which is mainly celebrated in India. Apart from India, Diwali is also celebrated in Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.