India celebrated its 72nd Independence day on this 15 August and everyone filled with immense passion and proud for the country. Tricolours can be seen everywhere and from everywhere we mean it. The world celebrated India's freedom by showing respect towards our motherland.
New York paid the respect by turning its iconic Empire State Building (1,454 feet tall with 102 stories) colour into saffron, white and green (India's flag) along with Dubai's Burj Khalifa. A special ceremony was organized at the world-famous skyscraper in New York in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Association (FIA) saying, "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. 🇮🇳"
Have a look at the picture:
Burj Khalifa too lit up their building to congratulate India. Have a look:
According to the report by a leading daily, "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."
It's seriously amazing to witness all these as it filled every Indian with proud that the biggest countries also celebrating the day. It's not happened to every country so yes it is a big deal for us!
In Washington, the Indian Embassy organized a flag-hoisting ceremony at the embassy residence. India's Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna unfurled the tricolour followed by the National Anthem. Same happened at the UN and India's representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin hosted the festivities at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. Independence Day celebrations were also held at the consulates in Chicago, Houston, Atlanta.
According to a leading daily, on August 19, the FIA will organize the 38th India Day Parade that will run through several streets of Madison Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, featuring tableaux by various Indian-American organizations, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-American children. Actor and politician Kamal Haasan, his daughter Shruti Haasan, Anupam Kher and legendary cricketer Vivian Richards will headline the India Day parade.
Mr Parikh who is an IT manager in the New York Police Department and trustee of the NYPD Indian Police Officers organization said the city's police department will also participate in the parade. He expects about 150,000 people to attend this year's cultural show. Many migrants move to the heart of Manhattan to celebrate India's Independence Day.