The Festival of Lights
A Life Full of Lights and Joy
HAPPY DIWALI AND SALMUBARAK to You and Your Family
and may your upcoming Hindu calendar give
Good Health, Happiness and Peace
U.S. Postal Service Honors Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp
Hindu Holiday Celebrated in Late October
August 23, 2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York ...
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2009 AT 6:29 PM
Posted by Kalpen Modi
On October 14th, President Obama observed the auspicious holiday of Diwali, or festival of lights, in the East Room of the White House. The occasion marked the first time that an American President has observed the holiday. Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, a Sanskrit scholar and ordained Hindu priest of the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lantham, Maryland chanted Asatoma Sadgamaya from the Upanishads while the President lit the White House diya.
In addition to the observance, the President signed a White House Initiative reestablishing the Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The University of Pennsylvania acapella group Penn Masala opened the ceremony with a multilingual performance of the song "Aicha." Shekar Narasimhan and the Temple provided sweets to attendees, who included folks from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, members of Congress, and dignitaries; included in the audience were Wat Misaka, the NBA’s first non-white basketball player (New York Knicks) who also served in World War Two, fusion music artist DJ Rekha, Vinai Thummalapally (US Ambassador to Belize), and Indian Ambassador to the United States, Meera Shankar.