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Diwali at the White House

Today, President Obama marked the Festival of Lights
First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students during Diwali

President Barack Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students during a Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name HIgh School in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today is Diwali, and millions across the world are celebrating the Festival of Lights. Last year, the President and First Lady had the opportunity to participate in Diwali festivities during their trip to India, and today, he marked the occasion again:

Diwali is a time for gathering with family and friends and—as we experienced in India—celebrating with good food and dancing.  It is also a time for contemplation and prayer that serves as a reminder of our obligations to our fellow human beings, especially the less fortunate.  To all who are observing this sacred holiday here and around the world, Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.

In 2009, President Obama became the first president to partcipate in Diwali celebrations at the White House.

Watch President Obama's full remarks here

To check out more photos from the India trip, click here.