UN headquarters lights-up with ‘Happy Diwali’ for the first time!

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UN celebrates Diwali: Secretariat Building lights up with diya and 'Happy Diwali' message.

The United Nations (UN) recently observed Diwali for the first time and lit up its imposing headquarters on the Indian festival of lights from October 29-31. The UN headquarters porch was lit up in bright colours, reading 'Happy Diwali', along with the image of a traditional ‘Diya’, projected onto the building.  Diwali greetings were beamed on to the facade of the UN building on the Deewali night as it turned purple for Diwali.

"Lighting up. @UN lights up for #Diwali for 1st time….Happy Diwali! @UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time. Thank you @UN_PGA for this initiative”, tweeted Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to the UN tweeting his thanks to the UN. The General Assembly President Peter Thomson, also reverted tweeting a picture of the UN building lit up, and he said “Light over Darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil – the UN lights up – Happy Diwali”.

Importantly, on December 29, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly, acknowledging the significance of Diwali, adopted a resolution to avoid holding meetings on this day. From 2016 onward, Diwali was made an optional holiday for the UN. 

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