For the first time ever, the United Nations celebrated Diwali this year and how.
The global watchdog’s headquarters in New York was lit up in bright hues for three days, from October 29 to October 31, with the message `Happy Diwali’, accompanied by the image of an earthen lamp, projected on the facade.
“Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil -the UN lights up. Happy Diwali!“ tweeted Peter Thomson, the president of the gene ral assembly , on Monday . He also invited all the UN ambassadors to attend an event on the occasion.
“Lighting up. @UN lights up for #Diwali for 1st time (sic),“ India’s ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.
This is the first time that Diwali has been celebrated at the UN. In 2014, the UN general assembly adopted a resolution that acknowledged the “significance of Diwali“.
As the festival is observed in many UN member states, the resolution called on UN bodies to avoid holding meetings on Diwali.
From this year, Diwali has been declared an optional holiday for the UN, India’s permanent mission to the organisation said in a special video message. In June, the UN building was lit up in recognition of International Yoga Day , with images of yoga postures projected on the headquarters’ facade.