US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali

US President Donald Trump celebrates Diwali

NEW YORK: United States President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at the White House on Tuesday by lighting a ceremonial diya (lamp) in the Roosevelt Room.

"Today, we gathered for Diwali, a holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New Year," Trump said.

The US President tweeted after the ceremony saying, "It was my great honor to host a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House this afternoon. Very, very special people!"