New York, November 12, 2023 - The Federation of Indian Associations proudly commemorated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, by illuminating the iconic Empire State Building in orange hues representing the vibrant colors of the Diya as New York City celebrated Diwali on Sunday. Esteemed dignitaries of the FIA including Vice President Saurin Parikh and Alok Kumar from the Board of Trustees, graced the event with their presence. Renowned R&B singer, songwriter, and music producer Jay Sean, R&B singer, model, and wellness warrior, Thara Natalie were cordially invited to inaugurate the auspicious illumination along with the Grammy Award winner Falu Shah, who joined the celebration for the very first time. Starting in 2018, this tradition of lighting the Empire State Building in Diya colors has become a cherished part of the Diwali festivities. This year marks the 5th anniversary of this significant ritual as it holds even greater significance as Mayor Eric Adams has declared Diwali as a school holiday in New York City for the first time, thanks to years of advocacy by the Indian American community. Federation of Indian Associations Chairman Ankur Vaidya, President Kenny Desai, and the Executive Committee were actively involved in organizing and participating in this momentous event. Following the lighting ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to capture memorable photos at the observatory entrance and on the canal staircase. The Empire State Building's vibrant orange glow served as a beacon of joy and unity, symbolizing the spirit of Diwali

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