Diwali celebrated for first time in South Carolina Governor’s mansion

In a first, Diwali celebration took place on Thursday, November 9 at the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina.  

This event was attended by over 200 guests, including the Consulate General of India, Ramesh Babu, South Carolina legislators, state agency leaders, members of the Indian American community, and many more. 

At the event, Governor Henry McMaster awarded Mr. Babu the honorary Sandlapper Award, which is a state honor the governor may bestow upon out-of-state residents to express gratitude. 

In addition, the Governor also presented a proclamation declaring November 12, 2023, as Diwali – Festival of Lights Day throughout South Carolina. 

“The Indian American community is a vital part of the cultural fabric of South Carolina, and it was a pleasure to welcome the Indian Consulate General Mr. Ramesh Babu to South Carolina and celebrate Diwali at the Governor’s Mansion,” said Governor Henry McMaster.  

 “The Indian American community is thankful to Governor McMaster for hosting the first-ever Diwali celebration in South Carolina. Representation is an important part of acceptance. We are humbled by Governor McMaster’s display of our culture at his home,” said Seema Shrivastava-Patel, Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Seema was born and raised in South Carolina. 

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