Empire State: Green for American Muslims: Happy Eid

Posted: September 30, 2008 in American Muslims, Civil Rights, Islam, Muslims, Religion, World News

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Empire State Building to go green for Muslim holiday

NEW YORK (AFP) — New York’s iconic Empire State Building is to be lit up green from Friday in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said.

“This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the lighting will become an annual event in the same tradition of the yearly lightings for Christmas and Hannukah,” according to a statement.

Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month, is expected to be celebrated in New York from Friday, depending on when the new moon is sighted, and the city’s tallest skyscraper will remain green until Sunday.

Built in the early 1930s, the 443-meter-tall (1,454-feet-tall) Empire State Building was first lit up with colored lighting in 1976, when red, white and blue lights were used to mark the American Bicentennial.

An estimated seven million Muslims live in the United States.

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Comments
  1. Happy and Eid Mubarak 🙂 Eid to you as well S&S.

    ATW

  2. souvenirsandscars says:

    Yay green!
    Eid Mubarak ATW. Have a great one 🙂

    S&S

  3. RS says:

    Happy Eid ATW 🙂

    Salam

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