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I extend warm wishes for a joyous Diwali to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain communities observing the festival in the United States and around the world.  Diwali represents a time of joy and renewal, celebrated through traditions that include lighting diyas, decorating homes with rangoli, and sharing sweets with family and friends.

Diwali is also a reminder of the strength that the United States draws from the diversity that makes up our nation, as well as the importance the United States places on safeguarding religious freedom at home and abroad.

Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating this Festival of Lights in the United States and around the world. I wish you and those you love peace, prosperity, and health.

U.S. Department of State

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