Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was in Delhi addressing a Townhall in Delhi IIT last month, wished everyone a “Happy Diwali” but said on his Facebook account that he missed being in India at this time. Diwali is India’s largest festival of lights and many Americans are familiar with Diwali, which is held within Indian communities across the nation.
Mark Zuckerberg is familiar with India as he visited a temple way back in early 2000s on the advice of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He has been a frequent visitor to India in the last two years and is known to harbour friendly ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended a Townhall in Facebook headquarters during his September visit to the United States.
US President Barack Obama was the first president to host the Diwali celebration at the White House back in 2009. Since then, either the president or the First Lady Michelle have been holding some occasion on Diwali. Last year, US Secretary of State addressed a Diwali function in New York.
However, the White House apparently missed the occasion this year as no wishes are seen emanating from the social media platforms of the White House.