Empire State Building Goes Green on Eid

New York: The Empire State Building was aglow in green last weekend to honor Eid, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.
The 102-story building routinely lights up its famous spire to honor everything from traditional holidays to sporting events to notable charities to “the myriad ethnic groups living in the New York City area,” according to the building’s website.
But last Thursday night marked the first time the all-green lighting was used to mark the kickoff of Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day celebration for Muslims around the world.
Not many religious holidays make the cut. Green and red are used every year to mark the Christmas holiday season, and blue and white are used for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
And the building doesn’t fire up its thousand-watt bulbs for just anyone. The “extraordinary number of requests” cannot all be accommodated, according to a building statement.
. Lighting up the spire for commercial products and corporate events is out, as is the commemoration of personal events like birthdays or anniversaries.
Please send an appreciation note to the ESB Public Relations, thank them for the green light.



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