On the day when the Republic of Latvia celebrates 100 years since the proclamation of statehood, one of the most well-known waterfalls – Niagara Falls – situated on the border of the New York State in the United States and Province of Ontario in Canada, will be lit up in the colors of the Latvian flag.
The Niagara Falls Illumination Board made the decision to honor Latvia’s centennial after the initiative of American Latvian Sandija Bayot and Honorary of Consul of Latvia in the State of New York Ahmet Oren, and after receiving a joint letter from the Ambassador of Latvia to the United States Andris Teikmanis and Ambassador of Latvia to Canada Kārlis Eihenbaums.
The Niagara Falls will be lit in the colors of carmine and white on November 18 from 9:00-9:15 pm (local time).
Niagara Falls is a collection of three waterfalls - the largest waterfalls in North America in terms of the volume of water, and they stand at the height of 176 feet between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls are often lit up on special occasions – in green for St. Patrick’s Day, in red and white on Canada Day, red, white and blue on Fourth of July, during Earth Hour the lights of the waterfalls are turned off. Niagara Falls attract around 12 million visitors annually.
On 9 February 2018, the iconic building of the New York City landscape – Empire State Building – was also briefly lit up in the colors of the Latvian flag.