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Empire State Building celebrates Diwali, lit up into orange

The Empire State Building was lit orange in celebration of Diwali at a service headed by a top Indian diaspora organization.

The world-renowned structure turned orange on Saturday night as Indians throughout the globe celebrated Diwali.

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the biggest non-profit umbrella organization at the tri-state Region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut of the Indian neighborhood, lit up the monument at a special ceremony organized by the FIA in collaboration with the Empire State Realty Trust.

A unique dance performance and cultural series were presented at the event. The special occasion was attended and hosted by FIA Chairman Ramesh Patel, President Alok Kumar, Trustee Ankur Vaidya, and Past President Srujal Parikh and singer and songwriter Arjun Coomaraswamy, that flipped the switch to turn the orange lights on top of the Empire State Building.

“The tower lit up with a huge number of festive lights in Orange, the color of this Diya or the lamp and throw a gorgeous hue throughout the night skies of New York City spreading the concept of oneness in celebrating the victory of good over evil,” FIA explained.

Last year too, the Empire State Building was lit up to commemorate Diwali.

The Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) and the FIA have been illuminating the Empire State Building in August each year from the colors of the Indian tricolor – orange, pink, green and white – for the previous two years to mark India’s Independence day.

The FIA had said such expressions from the ESRT assisted in distributing the early Indian doctrine of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is 1 family) and demonstrated a fantastic stability in soul and deeds involving individuals of the world’s biggest and oldest democracies.