New Delhi: The United Nations for the first time celebrated this year’s Diwali, the festival of lights, at its Headquarters in New York.

The UN headquarters building has been lit up with the greeting “Happy Diwali” written in blue light.

Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, shared a photograph of the decorated building on micro blogging site Twitter.

He tweeted, “Happy Diwali! UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time. Thank you UNPGA for this initiative”.

The Hindu festival of Diwali or Deepavali, which marks the conquest of light over darkness and truth over ignorance, is being celebrated this all over the world on October 30.

Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House turned golden for a night in celebration of this festival this year.