Washington, Oct 25 (PTI) US President George W Bush has wished an "uplifting and hopeful" Diwali to the Indian American community here, saying the festival reminds of the great blessings of religious freedom and the two nations' strong traditions of faith.
The President and the First Lady Laura Bush sent their greetings through the members of the community who came to the Indian Treaty Room of the White House to mark the occasion as it had been done in past years of the Republican administration.
"I send Greetings to those celebrating Deepavali (Diwali), the Festival of Lights" Bush said in a Message.
"The candle's flames represent the light of hope and in the blessings of life. The light from these candles reminds observers that good always triumphs over evil and we go forward in confidence that it will continue to prevail in the future" he added.
The President said, "This joyous festival reminds all citizens of the great blessings of religious freedom and our nations strong traditions of faith."
"Laura and I send our Best Wishes for an uplifting and hopeful Diwali," Bush added.
"During Diwali, millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains around the world will join together setting out 'diyas' and enjoying fireworks in celebration of the Festival of Lights," he said.