BP International Desk
The United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, celebrated Diwali for the first time tdoay.
It was really pleasing to see the world body’s imposing headquarters lit up especially on the occasion for the Indian festival of lights with the facade of the UN headquarters lit in bright hues and the words ‘Happy Diwali’, along with the image of a traditional ‘diya’, projected onto the building.
Earlier in December 2014, the UN General Assembly had acknowledged the significance of Diwali and 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 today and thanked UNGA President Peter Thompson on Twitter for the initiative.
“Happy Diwali! @UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time. Thank you @UN_PGA for this initiative,” Akbaruddin tweeted.
He also tweeted a picture of passers-by clicking photographs of the building as well as being themselves clicked against the illuminated UN headquarters in the background