A host of world leaders took to social media on Saturday to extend their greetings to people who celebrate Diwali festival. Some also reminded to exercise caution during celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
US President-elect Joe Biden tweeted, “To the millions of Hindus, Jains,Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the Festival of Lights, @DrBiden and I send our best wishes for a #HappyDiwali. May your new year be filled with hope,happiness, and prosperity. Sal Mubarak.”
Vice president-elect Kamala Harris also extended greetings on the occasion of Diwali, “Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff and I wish everyone celebrating aroundthe world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year.”
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump shared a picture of him lighting a lamp in the White House. ‘Happy Diwali’ was written on the photo.
As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official statement issued by the White House said, “The United States is a deeply faithful nation, and I am proud of my administration’s work defending the constitutional right of all Americans to live and worship according to their conscience. Wherever Americans light diyas to celebrate Diwali, our nation shines bright as a beacon of religious liberty for all people.”
Remarking that this year’s celebrations are different because of coronavirus, UK prime minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Happy #Diwali and #BandiChhorDivas! I know that this year celebrations will be different, but I am filled with respect for the way British Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have gone out of their way to help others throughout this pandemic.”
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, said in his message, “This brings you all my warmest greetings on the occasion of Diwali and, for those of you marking a New Year, let me wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous year ahead,” reported HT.
Resonating PM Johnson’s sentiments, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau also said, “Happy Diwali! I know celebrations will look different this year, but the message at the heart of the day – that light, hope, and knowledge will always triumph over darkness, evil, and ignorance – remains the same, and it has never been more important”
Rishi Sunak, UK’s Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks) and Chancellor of the Exchequer said, ” I’ve placed our rangoli outside No.11, the mithai are set to be delivered and the family Zoom is booked in. I know things will feel a bit different, and it’s hard not to be able to see family, but we will get through this together. Happy Diwali everyone!”
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison extended his greetings for the festival while replying to PM Narendra Modi’s tweet wishing a happy Diwali. Morrison tweeted, “Australia’s good friend@narendramodi”. “Wishing everyone celebrating Diwali, a very happyfestival of lights. Shubh Diwali.”
Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, “I wish PM @narendramodi and all those celebrating a happy festival of lights, a happy Diwali! Shubh Diwali.”
Closer home, Prime minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong tweeted, “Deepavali symbolises the triumph of good over evil, and light over dark, and so this year’s celebrations take on a poignant significance after the events of this turbulent year. We are not out of the woods just yet, but if all of us continue being vigilant, we too can triumph over this ordeal.”
Extending warm wishes, Taiwan tweeted, “Happy Diwali to India & all friends around the world from the great fellow democracy. It’s awesome that I’m one of YOU tonight in of Taiwan. We’re Stronger Together! “