New York : The iconic Empire State Building and Niagara Falls were illuminated with the Tricolour to mark India’s 72nd Independence Day with the Indian diaspora in the US celebrating the occasion, showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage and history in a series of events.

A special ceremony was organised at the world-famous skyscraper in New York’s midtown Manhattan for lighting it up in saffron, white and green.

“Happy India Day from New York City! Together with the Federation of Indian Association, we’re honouring India’s Independence Day by recreating the Indian flag in lights tonight,” the twitter handle of the Empire State Building, the 1,454 feet tall building with 102 storeys, said in a tweet.

Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty accompanied by Srujal Parikh, president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and singer Mickey Singh attended the event on Wednesday.

The Niagara Falls, arguably the world’s most breathtaking waterfalls and one of the most visited tourist spots globally, was also illuminated in saffron, white and green to mark India’s Independence Day.

The Indian diaspora in the US celebrated the Independence Day with patriotic fervour and zeal, showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage and history in a number of events across America.

In Washington, the Indian Embassy organised a flag-hoisting ceremony at the embassy premises. The ceremony was attended by members of the Indian community in large numbers.

India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna unfurled the Tricolour, after which those present sang the National Anthem.

Sarna then addressed the guests and as a custom, read out President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation. He handed out prizes to the kids of the Indian diaspora who participated in singing of patriotic songs and speech competition on the topic ‘India of My Dreams’, organised by the Embassy as part of ‘India@70’ celebrations.

India’s permanent mission to the UN and the Indian consulate in New York also hosted events. Bollywood actor Anupam Kher attended the festivities.

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