Twitter launches special ‘diya’ emoji for Diwali

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Updated: November 10, 2015 10:41:41 AM

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday launched a Diwali emoji by roping in Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor whose new movie will release during this festive season.

Twitter said users can combine the hashtag #HappyDiwali when composing a tweet and a special emoji of a 'diya' (lamp) will appear next to the hashtag in the sent tweet. (Twitter photo)Twitter said users can combine the hashtag #HappyDiwali when composing a tweet and a special emoji of a ‘diya’ (lamp) will appear next to the hashtag in the sent tweet. (Twitter photo)

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday launched a Diwali emoji by roping in Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor whose new movie will release during this festive season.

“This Diwali, Twitter is the go-to platform where people from across the world can engage in conversations about their celebrations, experiences and moments in real time. The #HappyDiwali emoji is a delightful, colourful way to unite Indians all over the world and celebrate the festival of lights together on Twitter,” said Rishi Jaitly, Twitter vice president of media, Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa.

Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor launched the first emoji.

The new emoji comes after the ‘Make in India’ emoji launched by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from the Twitter headquarters in San Jose.

Twitter said users can combine the hashtag #HappyDiwali when composing a tweet and a special emoji of a ‘diya’ (lamp) will appear next to the hashtag in the sent tweet.

The ‘diya’ symbolises victory of good over evil, brightness over darkness, and truth over falsity, it said.

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