Empire State Building Lit Up Green to Celebrate Eid

Posted on October 16, 2007


Empire State Building on Eid 2007

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York’s iconic Empire State Building was 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 previously released statement.

Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month, was celebrated in New York on Friday, and the city’s tallest skyscraper remained 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.

Video of history of the Empire State Building + Eid Lighting