A number one diaspora group within the US will hoist India’s Nationwide Flag on the Occasions Sq. this week, the primary time the Indian tricolour will likely be unfurled on the iconic New York Metropolis vacation spot.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tri-state space of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut mentioned in an announcement that it “will likely be creating historical past” on August 15, 2020 by “internet hosting the primary ever flag hoisting ceremony at Occasions Sq.” to commemorate India’s Independence Day.
“Will probably be the primary time ever that India’s tricolour will likely be unfurled on the iconic venue in all its glory,” the organisation mentioned, including that Consul Common of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal would be the Visitor of Honour on the occasion.
The FIA mentioned this 12 months’s Independence Day celebrations will embody the flag-hoisting ceremony at Occasions Sq. and the annual custom of illuminating the Empire State Constructing in hues of the tricolour – orange, white and inexperienced.
The Empire State lighting ceremony will likely be held on August 14.
“The Occasions Sq. flag hoisting ceremony is a testomony to the Indian-American group’s rising patriotism and is a becoming tribute to the FIA which is celebrating its golden jubilee 12 months,” the organisation mentioned.
Established in 1970, the FIA is among the many largest umbrella diaspora organisations.
In July, Ankur Vaidya was appointed the FIA Chairman, succeeding distinguished Indian-American group chief Ramesh Patel who handed away attributable to issues from coronavirus.
Vaidya, 40, has been lengthy related to the FIA and was the President of the umbrella diaspora organisation for the 12 months 2014. He’s the youngest member of the Board and the youngest to be chosen as its chairman.
The Consulate Common of India in New York will host a digital Independence Day celebration on August 15 through which it has invited “members of the Indian group and associates of India” for the commemoration that will likely be stay streamed.
The FIA yearly organises its flagship occasion – the India Day Parade to mark India’s Independence Day in August.
High US political leaders, lawmakers in addition to distinguished members of the Indian-American group and celebrities from India have participated within the annual parade that pulls a crowd of 1000’s within the coronary heart of Manhattan every year.
This 12 months, nonetheless, the parade won’t be held as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.