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.




He also posted tweets of the UN building of people taking photos and selfies in the background of the lit headquarters.

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!”

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.

  India’s Permanent Mission to United Nations declared in a video message that Diwali was made an optional holiday for the world body from 2016 onwards.
 UN headquarters was earlier lit up on International Yoga Day in June with images of Yoga postures.