Kamala Harris Hosts Diwali Party, High Profile Guests Present
India-West Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON, DC — US Vice President Kamala Harris embraced the festive spirit of Diwali at her official residence, the Naval Observatory, amidst a world grappling with challenges. Addressing about 300 guests on November 8 who gathered on the lawns in Indian and Indian Western clothes, Harris emphasized the significance of celebrating the festival of lights during what she described as a “difficult and dark moment” amid ongoing conflicts.
“We celebrate Diwali at a time when there’s a lot happening in our world. I think it’s important that as we celebrate Diwali, which is about celebrating the light, we understand it is always in the context of understanding the contrast between light and dark moments,” said the 59-year-old Vice President during her brief remarks.
The event featured typical Indian decorations with marigold flowers and strings of it was seen adorning the gates of the home as was a colorful rangoli at the entrance. On the grounds was an array of food including Malai ice cream, bhel, samosas, cocktails and of course masala chai.
The celebration included both traditional music as well as Bollywood music. Harris was spotted with some lit firecrackers as the crowd mingled and networked.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank, Bela Bajaria, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, US Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Shri Thanedar, food entrepreneur Pooja Bavishi whose ice cream was served, Miss USA Nina Davaluri, ABC news anchor Zohreen Shah and American actress and writer Sheetal Sheth, among others.