New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu and Home Minister Amit Shah greeted people on Diwali and wished them joy and happiness.
President Murmu tweeted, “Happy Diwali to all countrymen! On this holy festival of light and joy, let us try to bring happiness to the lives of those in need by lighting the lamp of knowledge and energy. On this great festival, I pray for happiness and prosperity in the lives of all the countrymen.”
Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah also extended his greetings for Diwali on Twitter. He said, “Happy Diwali to all the countrymen. May this festival of lights bring happiness, health and prosperity in everyone’s life.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee performed Kali Puja on Diwali at her residence in Kolkata.
“I extend my heartfelt greetings on the pious day of Kali Puja and Deepavali. May Maa Kali give us all the strength to fight the forces of evil. I pray that the festival of lights expels darkness from all our lives to usher in joy and happiness,” she tweeted.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar also greeted people on Diwali and wished that the festival of lights brings them success and health.
Mann also asked people to celebrate a green Diwali.
“Pollution is a problem and has become a challenge. Therefore, efforts should be made to celebrate green Diwali,” the Punjab chief minister said.
The Punjab government had allowed a window of two hours from 8 pm till 10 pm for bursting firecrackers while the Haryana government had allowed only green crackers in the state.
Diwali celebrations were in full swing at the US Embassy in New Delhi with the staff performing Ramlila and making elaborate and colorful rangolis. Here are a few snapshots from the festivities: