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The Empire State Building Will Light Up Orange Tonight To Celebrate Diwali

The Festival of Lights!

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

The Empire State Building Will Light Up Orange Tonight To Celebrate Diwali

Tonight the Empire State Building will light up in bright orange to honor India’s Festival of Lights, Diwali.

One of the most fun traditions in NYC is the Empire State Building lighting up for special occasions. Though it’s often in its “signature white,” for holidays, city events, fundraisers and more it will transform into a bright and colorful beacon.

Most recently it glowed red to celebrate the return of Broadway, and tonight it will light up in orange to celebrate India’s biggest holiday, Diwali, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Associations.

Diwali is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the globe, and last for five days, with this year’s taking place Nov. 2-6 with the main celebration on Thursday, Nov. 4. The festival signifies “new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.”

Lights are typically visible throughout the city from sunset (at 7 p.m. today) until 2 a.m.

You can see the full calendar of lights for the NYC landmark on their website here.

Last night, the city celebrated the start of the holiday with a festive fireworks display on the Hudson for the first time:

Also for the first time in history, the World Trade Center will be lit with a specially curated Diwali animation from sunset until 2 a.m. on November 2, 3, & 4.

In other news: The Empire State Building Just Restored Its Glistening Art Deco Spire From The 1930s

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