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White House breaks tradition of Diwali celebrations amid midterms

IANS  |  New York 

US broke a 15-year tradition of holding formal celebrations at the this year with the festival falling amid the crucial midterm polls.

The celebration was started by former in 2003 and was carried on by his successor

Continuing the tradition, Trump held the celebration at the Oval Office, where he lit a traditional lamp last year.

This year, however, he is caught up in the elections, which took place on Tuesday after a whirlwind of campaigning that ended on Monday.

On Wednesday, he will be tied up dealing with the aftermath of the elections, which saw his lose control of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of

in his greeting issued on Wednesday hailed the contributions of Indian Americans.

"As those celebrating decorate their homes with vibrant lights, I would also like to recognize the achievements of our friends in the observing Diwali who make important contributions to our country on a daily basis," said in his message.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 11:14 IST