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Donald, Ivanka Trump celebrate Diwali at White House, US President hails strong relationship with PM Modi

News Agencies | Updated on: 18 October 2017, 13:12 IST
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US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali in Oval Office of the White House along with senior Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and community leaders.

Cabinet ranking Haley is US Ambassador to the UN and Seema Verma is administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission and Raj Shah his Principle Deputy Press Secretary were among those from his administration

Daughter Ivanka Trump also joined the President in celebration of Diwali celebrations

Last year Ivanka, who is now a presidential advisor, had visited Hindu temples in Virginia and Florida as part of Diwali

Trump, then as the Republican presidential nominee, had addressed the Indian-American community from a public meeting in New Jersey wherein he lit the traditional diya

The tradition of Diwali celebration was first started by former President George Bush

During his term it was celebrated mostly in the India Treaty Room of the adjacent executive office building, which is part of the White House Complex

Bush never personally participated in the White House Diwali celebrations

In the first year of his presidency, his successor Barack Obama, lit the ceremonial Diya in the East Rook of the White House. Thereafter he made it a point in celebrating the festival of lights in one way or the year.

-PTI

First published: 18 October 2017, 13:12 IST
 
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