New York : Diwali is one of the most important and most celebrated festivals of Indian and Indians. Even outside India, the country’s diaspora will celebrate this festival in a grand manner. Every year at New York City’s iconic Times square, Diwali will be celebrated in a very grand way. However due to Covid-19 the format was changed a bit this year. Diwali at Times Square is one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India and it has been increasing its audience since its inception in 2013.
This New York city Diwali celebration usually draws a big crowd (mostly India) and features a ‘Diya Lighting’ ceremony accompanied by a New Year’s Eve style countdown featured on the tallest Times Square digital screens. This year, though people could not gather in person, Diwali was still celebrated with as much gusto in spirit with the Digital Diya Lighting with Countdown. The flashing of Indian colours on the wide screens are an eye-feast to any Indian.
Also, the organization screening at Times Square on Diwali took an opportunity to congratulate Kamala Harris, an Indian descent who was elected as Vice President in November 2020 election and is all set to take her role as VP of United States from January 2021.
Diwali celebrations at Times Square 2013