No Diwali celebration at White House this year

Washington: Breaking a 15-year tradition of holding formal Diwali celebrations at the White House, US President Donald Trump didn’t celebrate Diwali this year as the festival fell amid the crucial midterm polls.

The tradition of Diwali celebration was started in 2003 by former President George W. Bush and his successor Barack Obama also continued it.

Last year Trump also held the celebration at the Oval Office, where he lit a traditional lamp. However, he was caught up in the elections this year. Hence the Diwali celebration was not held in the White House.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, issued Diwali greeting on Wednesday. In his message, he said, “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.”