In a first, the Indian flag is all set to be hoisted at the iconic Times Square and what makes it even better is that the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit up with the tricolours to commemorate India’s 74th Independence Day. By Amitha Ameen
Happy India Day from New York City! Together with the Federation of Indian Association, we’re honoring India’s Independence Day by recreating the Indian flag in lights tonight. ????????
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) August 15, 2018
Indians across the world can look forward to an extra special 74th Independence Day, as a group of Indian-origin people are organising an event to hoist the tricolour flag at the iconic Times Square in New York City. What makes it even more special is that one of the most famous buildings in the world – the Empire State Building – is all set to be lit up in the colours of the Indian flag on Independence Day.
“It will be the first time ever that India’s tricolour will be unfurled at the iconic venue in all its glory,” said the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state regions of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in an official statement.
@FIANYNJCTorg gearing up for the #IndianFlag Tri-color lighting on Empire State Building on Friday, AUG. 14. and Historic Indian Flag Hoisting at Times Square on Saturday August 15th 2020 #tiranga pic.twitter.com/H15xIepoRs
— FIA NYNJCT (@FIANYNJCTorg) August 10, 2020
Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal is slated to be the Guest of Honour at this truly memorable and historic event. “The Times Square flag hoisting ceremony is a testament to the Indian-American community’s growing patriotism and is a fitting tribute to the FIA, which is celebrating its golden jubilee year,” the statement said.
While the flag hoisting at Times Square will happen for the first time, the Empire State Building has been illuminated with hues of the tricolour before as well. This year, the building will be illuminated a day before the actual event, on August 14.
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Every year, the FIA organises the India Day Parade that sees everyone from US political leaders to Indian celebs participating in the parade held at the heart of Manhattan. While previous years have seen huge crowds and a lot of fanfare, this year the parade stands cancelled owing to the pandemic. Instead, the whole event will be live-streamed and enable people to take part in the virtual Independence Day celebrations.