Washington DC: US President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris extended wishes to people on the occasion of Diwali and said that hopefully next year the festival will be celebrated at the White House in person.

"On behalf of our families, we wish a happy Diwali to Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and everyone celebrating the festival of lights across the United States, India, and the world. Like so many cherished traditions during the pandemic, we know this year's Diwali and its symbolizing of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and empathy over apathy arrives with a deeper meaning," read the joint statement issued by Biden and Harris.

Joe Biden last night tweeted Diwali greetings as millions celebrated the festival of lights across the world.

"To the millions of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the Festival of Lights, @DrBiden and I send our best wishes for a #HappyDiwali. May your new year be filled with hope, happiness, and prosperity. Sal Mubarak (sic)," Joe Biden wrote on Twitter. The 77-year-old is set to become the oldest president in the history of the country.  

Kamala Harris, who is the vice-president elect, has also made history by becoming the first woman, the first Black person and the first Indian-American to hold the office.

She also tweeted Diwali greetings last night. "Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak! @DouglasEmhoff and I wish everyone celebrating around the world a safe, healthy, and joyous new year," she wrote.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump shared a picture of him lighting a lamp in the White House. ‘Happy Diwali’ was written on the photo.

US Vice-President Mike Pence greeted happy Diwali to all those celebrating the festival around the world.