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Happy Diwali to all

Happy Diwali to all

"Usually we get together for dinner or lunch [and] make some especially tasty food", Ramya Krishnan, a member of a local Hindu spiritual organization, said on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning.

Mr. Trump said he greatly valued his "very strong relationship" with Prime Minister Modi.

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.

The president lauded the "incredible contributions" by Indian-Americans to the United States and to the world, emphasizing they have made "extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education. In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American family", Mr. Trump added.

Celebrated by millions of people in India and all over the world, the festival has regional differences and varies according to religion.

Trump's daughter Ivanka also attended the festivities.

Acknowledging the contributions of the Indian American community, Trump said, "Our Indian-American neighbors and friends have made incredible contributions to our country - and to the world". This year, Pence hosted an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. "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.

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Journalists, however, were left in the lurch when, at the last minute, the White House announced that the diya lighting ceremony will be closed to the press.

US President Donald Trump said that he was "deeply honoured" by the presence of many leaders of the Indian-American community to celebrate Diwali at the White House on Wednesday.

Leicester is believed to have the biggest Diwali event outside India and people from across the globe visit the city for the celebration. "So we'll forgo the fireworks", he said, amidst laughter from a Washington audience.

On Diwali people illuminate their houses with coloured lights and earthen lamps.

It is traditionally celebrated over five days.

President Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations.