United Nations lights up for diwali for the first time
The UN headquarters was lit in bright with the words 'Happy Diwali', along with the image of traditional 'diya'.
In a first of its kind, United Nations commemorated Diwali, Indians' festival of lights, as UN headquarters lit up wishing Diwali.
The UN headquarters was lit up in bright with the words 'Happy Diwali', along with the image of traditional 'diya'.
India's ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted the photo of UN building lit with the wishes.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) October 29, 2016
He also posted tweets of the UN building of people taking photos and selfies in the background of the lit headquarters.
The #Diwali selfie spot in New York on 30-31 October evening is @UN Headquarters.
Share your photos #Diwali@UN pic.twitter.com/BrVga3YViO
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) October 30, 2016
Akbaruddin thanked President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Peter Thomson for this initiative through his tweet.
Thomson also tweeted back a photo of the UN headquarters saying "Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil - the UN lights up. Happy Diwali!"
Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil - the UN lights up. Happy Diwali! pic.twitter.com/muA23nFWZZ
— Peter Thomson (@ThomsonFiji) October 30, 2016
UN secretariat will be lit up during the Diwali from October 29-31 said the UN.
The UN is celebrating the festival of lights for the first time after UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2014 acknowledging the "significance of Diwali"
The resolution had urged UN bodies to avoid hold meetings on Diwali considering the festival is being observed in many UN member states. It has declared Diwali a no meeting day.