Conveying his greetings on the occasion of Diwali, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday urged the countrymen "to try and celebrate a pollution-free Diwali".
In his message, President Mukherjee said: "On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to my countrymen in India and around the world... I urge all Indians to try and celebrate a pollution-free Diwali."
"Diwali is a time for festivity and happiness cutting across all faiths and cultures. It is an occasion to share our joy with those who are needy and deprived. The diyas (earthen lamps) lit on the moonless night of Diwali signify the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of light that enlightens all," he added.
The President urged people to channelise their energies towards vanquishing want and suffering and strive hard for the collective growth of the country on the auspicious occasion.
"May this festival of lights dispel darkness and bring joy and prosperity to all," he said.