New York City’s Empire State Building Lights Up in Orange to Observe Diwali

Curated By: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Last Updated: November 13, 2023, 11:29 IST

New York, United States of America (USA)

The Empire State Building lit up in orange as New York City celebrates Diwali. (Image: X/Empire State Building)

The Indian associations of New York City partnered with the building’s authorities for illuminating the Manhattan skyline by lighting the Empire State Building in orange colours.

The Empire State Building in New York City lit up in orange hues as the American capital celebrated Diwali. The Bhakti Center, the oldest Hindu temple in Manhattan, held a large celebration which New York City mayor Eric Adams and deputy commissioner of International Affairs Dilip Chauhan attended. More than 1,500 devotees joined the celebrations at the Bhakti Center.

New York City also observes Diwali as a school holiday. A notification declaring the Festival of Lights as a school holiday was published by the mayor in June.

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut coordinated with the authorities of the Empire State Building to illuminate the building to observe the Diwali festival.

“Happy Diwali! It was a beautiful experience here, and I welcome anyone not only during Diwali but any time of the year. Come here and renew your energy,” Adams said while speaking to the news agency ANI.

“(It is) important to spread our light throughout the entire globe. Not only on Diwali but all the time,” he further added.

The American community residing in India and members of the US embassy also celebrated Diwali with US ambassador to India Eric Garcetti. The members celebrated with festive lights, sweets, and rangoli.

Members of the community were seen celebrating the festival in Indian attire, making rangolis and decorating the embassy on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

“Thank you to the entire US Embassy community here in New Delhi. You make life full of light every single day. We can’t wait to celebrate and bring the light in through singing and dancing,” Garcetti said.

The US vice president Kamala Harris also celebrated Diwali and hosted a Diwali party with second gentleman and husband Doug Emhoff. New York state senator Kevin Thomas also joined the celebrations.

“We celebrate Diwali at a time when there is a lot happening in the world. And I think it’s important that as we celebrate Diwali, which is about celebrating the light we understand, it is always the context of understanding…and there is certainly a difficult moment we are facing…in particular the reports coming out of Israel and Gaza and I know for all of us it’s devastating,” Harris said.

(with inputs from ANI)

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