Diwali 2017 Date: Meaning of Festival, History

Diwali 2017 Date: Meaning of Festival, History

The five-day rituals start 18 days after Dussehra and the main festival (third day) is celebrated on Wednesday, October 18 in south India this year while the Diwali is celebrated with pomp in north India a day after on Thursday, October 19 this year.

President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at the White House Oct. 17, lighting a diya amidst an intimate gathering of Indian American members of his administration and prominent community leaders.

Its name originates from "Avali", meaning row, and "Deepa", meaning clay lamps, because of the row of clay lamps Indians light outside their homes.

Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and community leaders also joined Mr Trump in the Diwali Celebration. "I greatly value my very strong relationship with Prime Minister Modi", he added. Rangolis are created at the centre of home, on the corners, side walks, in the front of worship places inside the house, on stairs and or any other place depending on the choice and creativity of the people.

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission and Raj Shah, his Principal Deputy Press Secretary also joined Diwali celebrations.

Daughter Ivanka Trump also joined the President for the occasion.

"Our Indian American neighbors and friends have made incredible contributions to our country - and to the world. America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve BRAVELY in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land", Donald Trump said. On this special day, PressKS wishes our readers all the greetings of Diwali festival and here is a compilation of best wishes, messages and picture greetings to be shared on the festival of lights with your friends and family on Whatsapp, Facebook. Diwali is a festival of colors and celebrations which is related to the Hindu religious book "Ramayana".

People across the entire nation were busy preparing for Diwali, one of the most awaited festivals of the year, in their own ways on Tuesday.

As we celebrate Diwali 2017, let's hope that it brings us new opportunities to work together and prosper. Trump said, "Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE".