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President Obama issues statement for Diwali

Catholic World News - November 07, 2013

President Barack Obama has issued a statement for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that commemorates the return of Rama, believed to be an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and the killing of the demon Narakasura.

“For the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists celebrating Diwali this weekend, the Festival of Lights reaffirms the things in life that matter most,” President Obama said in his statement. “Dancing, celebration, and good food remind us that life’s greatest joys are the simple pleasures that come from spending time with people we love. Contemplation and prayer remind us that that people of all faiths have an obligation to perform seva, or service to others. And the flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness.”

“I’m proud that this year Democrats and Republicans in Congress joined together for the first-ever celebration of Diwali on Capitol Hill,” he added. “Over the last five years, Michelle and I have been honored to have the chance to observe this ancient holiday, both at the White House and in India, and we wish all those celebrating this weekend a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak [happy new year].”

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Nov. 07, 2013 6:17 AM ET USA

    The man`s hypocrisy seemingly has no limits. Did he also issue a message to witches and warlocks on Halloween? If so, I didn`t notice, but it surely would have been most apropos that he and Michelle celebrate that day.

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