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Obama lights first-ever diya at Oval Office on Diwali

President Barack Obama lights a lamp at the Oval Office in the White House

By: Eastern Eye Staff

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama celebrated Diwali by lighting the first ever diya in the Oval Office of the White House as he expressed his hope that his successors would continue the tradition. Obama, the first president to celebrate Diwali at the White House in 2009, spoke about celebrating the Hindi festival of lights in a Facebook post soon after he lit the diya in his Oval Office with some Indian-Americans in his administration. “I was proud to be the first President to host a Diwali celebration at the White House in 2009, and Michelle and I will never forget how…

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