New York's Empire State lit green for Eid holiday

The international icon of the New York skyline has maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions throughout the year. (Photo courtesy: Empire State Building New York City website)

New York’s Empire State Building was lit up green on Friday evening in celebration of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

It has been reported that the famous skyscraper will glow green until it closes to the public at 2:00 am (0600 GMT), when the building traditionally turns out its lights.

The Empire State Building glows green on July 17, 2015 in New York City to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan (AFP)

The Empire State Building glows green on July 17, 2015 in New York City to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan (AFP)

A spokeswomen of the building told Agence France-Presse that the skyscraper is annually lit up for Eid, stating that the tradition has been carried out “for several years now.”

The Empire state Building is also known for honoring other religious holidays, turning pastel shades for Easter, blue and white for Hanukkah, and red and green for Christmas.

It has also previously marked a number of events, including World Oceans Day on June 8, where the building turns blue, white and purple.

The privately-owned building, which is usually lit up white each night during the year, receives hundreds of requests each year to be lit in particular colors for various causes and events.

Although the selection process is not made public, according to AFP it does not accept requests for political campaigns, religious figures, organizations or personal events.
 

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