New York: Iconic Times Square was lit up with Diwali festivities as the Indian diaspora living in the US got together to enjoy every moment of it. The Association of Indians in America (AIA) New York chapter in collaboration with Jaipur Foot USA hosted a grand Deepavali event at NYC’s Times Square, displaying the true spirit and grit of India away from home.
The Diwali function at Times square included everything from the Diya-lighting ceremony to the playing of drums to the delight of spectators. The icing on the cake was a special message for the Indian community from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Association of Indians in America (AIA), New York chapter organized a diya lighting ceremony in Times Square at 43rd Street and Broadway outside the NASDAQ stock exchange. Harish Thakkar, president of the AIA, New York chapter, along with chief guest Dr. Samin Sharma, a noted interventional cardiologist at Mt Sinai, Prem Bhandari, Chairman of Jaipur Foot USA, Dr. Varun Jeph, Deputy Consul General of India in New York attended the Diwali celebrations at Times Square.
A poster with Deepavali greetings from the leaders was also displayed at Times Square. Srinivas Ranga, Corporate Vice President at New York life insurance, and New York State senator John Liu were also present at the lamp lighting for the inaugural ceremony at Times Square.
“It’s a time to share compassion, love, and care with everyone around us,” NY State Senator John Liu said.