Political leaders, prominent personalities greet Indians on Diwali

World leaders including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson among others took to social media on Thursday to extend their greetings to Indians celebrating Diwali

Political leaders, prominent personalities greet Indians on Diwali
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A slew of political leaders, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and other prominent personalities took to social media on Thursday to extend their greetings to Indians celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights.

Diwali or Deepavali is a five-day festival that marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

"May the light of Diwali remind us that from darkness there is knowledge, wisdom, and truth. From division, unity. From despair, hope," President Biden's office said in a tweet.

"To Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists celebrating in America and around the world from the People's House to yours, happy Diwali," Biden tweeted.

US Vice President Kamala Harris in her video message reminded people to "honour the light" and lend a hand to those in need as she wished a "joyous Diwali" to everyone.

"Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights here in the United States and around the world. @SecondGentleman and I extend our warmest wishes for a holiday filled with light, love, and prosperity," she wrote in a tweet.

"Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas to everyone celebrating here in the UK and around the world!" British Prime Minister Johnson said in a tweet.

"I hope this Diwali and Bandi Chor Divas for our Sikh friends are truly special... I want to say a huge thank you to Britain's Hindus, Sikhs, Jains for everything you have done to support the vulnerable and help keep people safe over the past 18 months," he said in a video message on Twitter.

"I simply want to wish everyone in the UK and around the world particularly our friends in India who suffered so much earlier this year, a very happy Diwali. May your year be filled with light and joy and prosperity," he added.


Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett wished his "friend" and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Diwali.

"Happy Diwali to my friend Narendra Modi and to all the people celebrating in India and around the world," he said in a tweet. Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid also extended their Diwali greetings.

"Happy Diwali, to all our Indian friends and Hindus worldwide! May this beautiful festival remind us of the great light that we can bring into the world together," President Herzog said in a tweet.

"Happy Diwali to my friend Dr S Jaishankar & to all celebrating this auspicious occasion. May light continue to triumph over darkness," Lapid tweeted.

"May the light in mankind dispel the darkness in our world today. Happy Deepavali," tweeted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"This Deepavali, I pray for happiness, prosperity, wealth and divine grace for everyone," wrote President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai also expressed their warm wishes to people in India celebrating the festival of Diwali.

"Wishing a happy and safe Diwali to all those celebrating around the world. May the Festival of Lights fill your home with happiness and health," Cook said in a tweet.

"Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the festival of lights! (Look for the Diya lamp when you search for "Diwali" on Google:)," the Indian-origin CEO of Google and Alphabet said in a tweet.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus took to Twitter to wish Indians on Diwali, saying: "May the lights of Diwali bring good health and happiness to everyone celebrating".

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