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US President Trump to celebrate Diwali in White House on coming Tuesday
The US President Donald Trump will be celebrating Diwali on coming Tuesday at the White House. The reason for the postponement of Diwali celebration is being attributed to midterm polls this year.

It may be recalled that the tradition of Diwali celebration was started by former President George W Bush in 2003 and celebrations coincided with the date in India. However, Trump broke a 15-year tradition with the festival falling amid the midterm polls in the US.

"We recognize the extraordinary contributions of Indian-Americans to the strength and success of our nation. Their achievements in business and industry, public service, education, scientific research, and other fields continue to represent the very best of our American virtues and the spirit of the Diwali season," said Trump in his Diwali greeting and message.

Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his Diwali greeting issued on Wednesday lauded the contributions of Indian Americans in the development of the country. He said in his message, "As those celebrating decorate their homes with vibrant lights, I would also like to recognize the achievements of our friends in the United States observing Diwali who make important contributions to our country on a daily basis."

Also, Indian American politician Raja Krishnamoorthi, in his message stated, "Happy Diwali to those celebrating the Festival of Lights today, which commemorates the victory of good over evil and illumination of knowledge."

"The President will be celebrating Diwali with a ceremonial lighting of the diya (lamp) in the Oval Office next Tuesday," said Raj Shah, Deputy Assistant to the president Trump, in a statement earlier this week.

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