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Diwali Celebrations at India House in United States of America

By Our Chief Editor B. R Abdul Wajid

Washington DC : Diwali is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States but it is a large festival celebrated in many towns and cities. You can’t take the Diwali out of Indians, wherever they are – even when they are in United States.

Top Indian and American Diplomats celebrated Diwali – the festival of lights, reflecting the “great strength” of partnership between the two largest democracies of the world. Ambassador of India to United States of America Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla hosted Diwali celebrations at India house, which is the official residence of Indian Ambassador. Ambassador had invited prominent members of Indian community from all over United States to the event. Consul Generals of India from Chicago, Houston and San Francisco also attended Diwali celebrations. More than 300 people and ambassadors from the neighboring countries and some US Government officials also attended the Diwali event. Inspite of being cold season, various dance forms from India like Odissi, Bharathanatiyam, khatak and Folk dances of Rajasthan were performed at the function. Dinner with various popular dishes from different parts of India were served.

Dr. Arathi Krishna, Former Community Development Officer, Embassy of India, Washington attended Diwali celebrations at India house in Washington DC where prominent Indian community members from all over United states were present. Our Chief Editor B. R. Abdul Wajid spoken to Dr. Arathi Krishna, she said that “Uniting theme in the celebration of Diwali is the thread of triumph – good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Wishing you all a very happy Diwali.” She said.

B. R. Abdul Wajid
Chief Editor