Statement by the President: Diwali 2000 (10/25/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                             October 25, 2000

                                 DIWALI 2000

     Warm greetings to Indian Americans across our country as you observe
the festival of Diwali.

     This ancient and joyous holiday, with origins in the Hindu faith,
reflects both the unity and the rich diversity of the people and culture of
India.  It is truly a "festival of lights," marked by lighting candles and
lamps, setting off firecrackers, and dressing in vibrant colors.  During
Diwali, Indians of all ages and backgrounds come together to celebrate
life, the triumph of good over evil, and the hope for happiness and
prosperity that we all share.

     America has become home to men and women from countries across the
globe, whose skills and perspective have enriched our culture, enhanced our
economy, and broadened our vision of the world.  Diwali presents all of us
with an opportunity to reflect on the many ways the talents, history, and
traditions of the Indian people have contributed to our national life and
cultural heritage and to give thanks for the extraordinary diversity that
is one of our nation's greatest strengths.

     Hillary and I extend best wishes to all for a wonderful celebration.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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