United Nations headquarters lights up for Diwali

Diwali greetings were beamed on to the facade of the UN building on Saturday night as it turned purple for Diwali.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 30, 2016 8:50 am
united-nations1 Diwali greetings were beamed on to the facade of the UN building on Saturday night. (Twitter/ Peter Thompson)

The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York celebrated Diwali for the first time since the world body declared it as a non-meeting day in 2014. Diwali greetings were beamed on to the facade of the UN building on Saturday night as it turned purple, with the words ‘Happy Diwali’ prominently displayed below a diya. Tourists and New York City residents were seen snapping pictures of the building as it lit up for Diwali.

On December 29, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly, acknowledging the significance of Diwali, adopted a resolution to avoid holding meetings on this day. India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin shared an image of the brightly-lit UN building and thanked UNGA President Peter Thompson on Twitter for the initiative.

Peter Thompson, extending the festival greetings, wrote: “Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil – the UN lights up. Happy Diwali!”

From 2016 onward, Diwali was made an optional holiday for the UN.

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    IML sood
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    Well done, a great gesture for this our great nation and its people from UN HQ.
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      T DUTTA
      Oct 30, 2016 at 4:55 am
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        KP Pillai
        Oct 30, 2016 at 8:04 am
        Light from Darkness only happens if life become free from terrorism ! Can we look forward to make it a reality atleast by next Diwali. Hope, UN Hqrs will be lit up more glaringly in next Diwali.
        1. C
          Oct 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm
          But we cannot expect the same from our Indian Government on Christmas, you gotta have a big heart for that
          1. M
            Oct 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm
            1. M
              Oct 30, 2016 at 6:28 am
              awesome :D
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                Kartha MN
                Oct 30, 2016 at 8:37 am
                ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय lt;br/gt;तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय lt;br/gt;मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमयlt;br/gt;Diwali is the victory of the power of Light over the powers of dark.It apt that UN celebrates it. It is with no boundary as to time and space
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                  Ravindra Patil
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 2:34 am
                  Thank you very much UN ! Wish you and your all members a very happy diwali
                  1. R
                    Oct 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm
                    UN is not the property of US!!! Secondly we celebrate Christmas with equal fervor as Diwali. You guys have to learn a lot about secularism. Check your facts dude
                    1. P
                      Oct 30, 2016 at 7:11 am
                      It is a sign of India's growing importance and influence in the international sphere.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;To many this lighting of UN building may not seem to carry any importance.lt;br/gt;But, the fact that the occasion was dedicated to a cultural event of India is a clear sign that India is beginning to play dominant roles internationally.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Let us not discount this achievement.lt;br/gt;Let us be proud of this achievement.
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