Ivanka Trump Sends Diwali Greetings, Says She Looks Forward to India Visit For Global Entrepreneurship Summit
New Delhi, Oct 19: US President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump wished to all those who celebrate Diwali and tweeted she’s looking forward to her India trip next month for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Ivanka Trump joined her father in Tuesday’s Diwali celebrations at the White House.
“Wishing Hindus, Sikhs & Jains around the world a joyful #Diwali. Saal Mubarak to all! Looking forward to my visit to India for #GES2017,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. Last year, she had visited Hindu temples in Virginia and Florida as part of Diwali. Ivanka along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural session of GES on November 28 and will also attend a few sessions the next day. She will be staying in Westin Hotel during her two-day stay in Hyderabad.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 18, 2017
Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at the White House by lighting a diya. Trump wished all Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai a great Diwali. He also emphasised that he greatly values his relationship with PM Narendra Modi.
“Today, I was deeply honoured to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community — to celebrate Diwali — the Hindu Festival of Lights,” Trump said in a message posted on his Facebook page. “As we do so, we especially remember the people of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world’s largest democracy. “I greatly value my very strong relationship with Prime Minister Modi. Diwali is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion,” said US President.
The US President then explained why diya, or earthen lamp, is lit during Diwali. “The lighting of the diya is typically celebrated by families in their homes. Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE. “In so doing, we reaffirm that Indian-Americans and Hindu-Americans are truly cherished, treasured and beloved members of our great American FAMILY.
“We wish all of America’s Hindus and everyone who celebrates Diwali a joyous holiday and blessings of light, goodness, and prosperity throughout the New Year. And now we will light the diya,” the President said. A video of the White House celebration and Trump’s message was posted to the President’s Facebook page.