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Diwali 2021 at the White House

Diwali 2021 truly feels like a celebration of light over darkness and good over evil. First our prolonged battle with Covid-19 seems to be in a “management” phase, with a tremendously successful vaccine rollout effort by the Biden/Harris administration. With the vaccine being approved for children and booster doses recommended and available for all adults, we enjoyed meeting friends and celebrating again in person.


Secondly, we celebrated a year free from the chaos of the Trump administration, relieved to have leaders who believe in science and rely on experts again.


Diwali 2021 at the White House

To mark the occasion, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden lit a candle at the White House and wished all celebrants. “May the light of Diwali remind us that from darkness, there is knowledge, wisdom, and truth. From division, unity. From despair, hope,” Biden wrote. He added, “To Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists celebrating in America and around the world — from the People’s House to yours, happy Diwali.”