India’s most famous heritage icon, the Taj Mahal, will turn Blue on the intervening night of November 13/14, to commemorate the World Diabetes Day on November 14.
A Blue Circle is the universal symbol of diabetes just as the looped red ribbon is symbolic of HIV.
The Union Health Ministry and anti-diabetes activists have obtained the permission of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to give permission to light up the Heritage Monuments to spread awareness against the disease of Diabetes that affects nearly 51,000,000 Indians.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is organizing the Diabetes Blue Fortnight programme starting from November 14, in association with World Health Organisation (WHO), National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (NDOC), Heal Foundation, Project Hope, and Fortis Hospitals.
Other Indian Heritage Monuments that will be lit up in Blue Circle include Old Fort, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun Tomb in Delhi; Imambada in Lucknow; Manek Chowk and City Palace Ground in Udaipur; Sidhivinayak Mandir and CST Station in Mumbai; Sahniwada Fort in Pune, 13 Gates of Ahmedabad; Konark Temple in Orissa and Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.
Globally, the iconic monuments that will be lit in blue include the Inverness Castle in the UK; Fountain Teatro Valli and Reggio Emilia in Italy; Bomb monument in Hiroshima; Union Square in San Francisco and CN Tower and Niagara Falls in Canada.
The IDF has made arrangements for over 900 monuments and buildings in 84 countries to be lit up in blue on November 14, the World Diabetes Day.