United Nations– The UN celebrated Diwali for the first time this year. “Happy Diwali! UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time,” Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to the UN, tweeted on Saturday night.
“Thank you President of the General Assembly for this initiative,” he said.
“It is a privilege and honour to serve India at UN. I am humbled. Thank you for all the good wishes,” Akbaruddin added.
From this year, Diwali was made an optional holiday at the UN and a “Happy Diwali” message was displayed on the UN building.