Another young member of the Hindu community, Larish, was busy preparing the rangoli, a colourful pattern created using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals on the floors of living rooms or courtyards, and said the community starts preparing for Diwali at least a month before the actual day.
In his remarks, Mr. Trump said Indian-American neighbours and friends have made incredible contributions to the country - and to the world.
The fireworks signify Lord Ram's return to his kingdom after being exiled for 14 years and defeating King Ravana, when the local people set off their own version of fireworks.
Diwali is held late in the year as a celebration of light over darkness and good over evil.
He continued, "America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve bravely in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land". The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the third day of this five-day festival.
In its truest sense, the celebration of Diwali refers to the light of spiritual knowledge dispelling all ignorance about our transcendent reality.
Celebrated by millions of people in India and all over the world, the festival has regional differences and varies according to religion.
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Noting that "the lighting of the diya is typically celebrated by families in their homes", Trump said, "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".
US President Donald Trump said that he was "deeply honoured" by the presence of many leaders of the Indian-American community to celebrate Diwali at the White House on Wednesday.
"Wishing Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world a joyful Diwali. Looking forward to my visit to India for GES2017", Ms. Ivanka tweeted along with a picture of President Trump celebrating festival of lights in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.
The US President's Facebook page contains a video message in which he talks not only about the "Festival of Lights" but also reinforces his confidence in what he called the "very strong relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
Speaking to us about the ceremony, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said, "This is a tremendous event".
Attired in colorful and traditional costumes members of the community are little reluctant to allow others to join the festivity. "Today's event is how this president, this White House is going to be commemorating Diwali".
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