On Wednesday November 14th, newly re-elected American President Barack Obama observed the auspicious holiday of Diwali, or festival of lights, in the East Room of the White House.
Also, on November 13, Divali Day in Washington, D.C., the White House hosted a Divali event for several hundred invited guests and government officials of Indian and/or Hindu origin. At that event Vice President Joe Biden spoke, and lit a ceremonial lamp in honor of the New Year.
Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON's Minister of Communications was also present at the White House event.
Joe Biden US Vice-president lights the Diwali candle at the White House event
Anuttama das joins Hindu chaplain Daram and representatives from other organizations at the White House Dhavali event
To watch US President Barack Obama video message wishing Hindus around the world a Happy Divali please click here: