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Empire State Building shines for Chinese New Year

IANS  |  New York 

The top of the in here shined in red and gold at sunset to celebrate the that falls on February 16.

Chinese in Zhang Qiyue, together with John B. Kessler, of the Empire State Realty Trust Inc., flipped the switch on Tuesday at a lighting ceremony in honour of the

Zhang said that the festival is not only the most important holiday for the Asian and the Chinese communities, it is also a very important holiday for New York, reported.

For years, the and the Chinese "have carried out a friendship that we greatly treasure. We are thrilled to continue this beloved tradition...," Kessler said.

The lighting scheme designed Chinese art bodies also has a window display of the Year of the Dog that has been installed in the lobby windows on the Fifth Avenue.

The Lunar New Year is the biggest Chinese celebration that lasts at least 15 days.

In Chinese culture, February 15 would mark the end of the Year of the Rooster as people would embrace the Year of the Dog that symbolises loyalty.

Soaring 1,454 feet above Manhattan, the since 1976, have maintained a tradition of changing color to recognise various occasions and organisations

The has been included to the list of public holidays since 2014.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 11:20 IST