President George W Bush [Images] has greeted the people of India on the occasion of Diwali, stating that it is an opportunity to celebrate the bonds of friendship between India and the United States.
"I send greetings to those celebrating Deepavali, the festival of lights," Bush said in a message.
He added that light is an enduring symbol of hope and holds a deep, spiritual significance for people everywhere.
Bush said that during Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and many others in India and around the world would light lamps in celebration, symbolising the victory of good over evil.
"This festival brings together family and friends and helps ensure rich traditions are passed on to future generations. Diwali is also an opportunity to celebrate the bonds of friendship between India and the United States. The lights of Diwali remind us to work together to build a brighter future for all," Bush said.
"Laura and I send our best wishes for a happy Diwali. May the year ahead be filled with hope and blessing," he said.More than 120 Indian-American community leaders attended Diwali celebrations at the White House
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