Diwali, celebrated as a symbol of triumph over darkness, was observed in India and worldwide on Sunday. Grand Diwali celebrations take place in the United States, where a significant Indian community resides. In New York, the iconic Empire State Building is illuminated in orange, marking the festive occasion. City Mayor Eric Adams, along with Deputy Commissioner of International Affairs Dilip Chauhan, joined the Hindu community at Manhattan’s Bhakti Center for Diwali festivities. Approximately 1500 people attended the event, emphasizing the importance of spreading light globally beyond Diwali.
Mayor Adams emphasized the significance of extending the message of light throughout the world. The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), a prominent organization in America, collaborated to enhance the brightness of the Empire State Building. Notably, Mayor Adams had previously declared Diwali a school holiday in New York in June.
The Diwali celebration was not limited to the United States. Eric Garcetti, the US Ambassador to India, participated in the festivities, with American diplomats and staff donning traditional Indian attire. Videos of the event were shared by the US Embassy, showcasing impressive cultural programs. Last Thursday, US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Mhoff, celebrated Diwali at their official residence in Washington DC, with the presence of politicians and various celebrities.