Monday, October 15, 2007

[wvns] Empire State Building Decorated for Eid

Empire State Building to go green for Muslim holiday


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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