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In a first, Empire State Building lit up in orange to celebrate Diwali

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

For the first time, the iconic was lit orange in celebration of

The world famous structure turned orange on Wednesday night as Indians across the world celebrated the

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the largest non-profit umbrella organisation in the tri-state area of New York, and of the Indian community, lit up the monument in a special ceremony.

It was organised by the FIA in cooperation with the and attended by key members of the Indian diaspora. A special dance performance and cultural show was also presented on the occasion.

Federation of Indian Associations President said this was the first time that celebration lit up the iconic building and was "witnessed by thousands of people, including tourists from all over the world."

At the November 7 ceremony, Miss and popular along with Parikh flipped the switch to turn on the orange lights on top of the

The (ESRT) and the FIA have been illuminating the in August every year in the colours of the Indian tricolour - orange, white and green - for the past two decades to mark

The FIA said such gestures by the ESRT help in spreading the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and also demonstrates a great harmony in spirit and deeds between people of the world's largest and oldest democracies.

For Parikh, that was the central message when he organised the Day parade this year, bringing together for the first time communities from other South Asian and nations.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 19:55 IST