Following a global move, the two historical monuments, as well as a slew of other landmarks across the country such as the Bibliotheca Alexandria and Cairo Tower, will all be lighting up blue on April 2nd in support of World Autism Awareness Day.
In a heartwarming gesture, Egypt will be lighting up the Luxor and Hatshepsut temples as well as the governorate’s administrative buildings and hotels in blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, according to Cairo Post.
According to Al-Mogaz, the tradition was first initiated by the Autism Speaks organisation in 2010 under the slogan of 'Light Up in Blue (LUIB)', where more than 200 buildings are lit in blue, the colour signifying autism, in order to raise awareness about the issue.
According to Cairo Post, Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr said that, “The event aims at providing people around children with autism with a simple understanding of autism’s basic elements, which will result in an important impact on the children’s ability to proceed towards productive, independent adulthood.”
According to Cairo Post, other landmarks that will be partaking in the event as well include the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Cairo Tower, Suez Canal Authority building, Qasr al Aini Hospital and others. Despite Luxor’s recent participation in the event, Egypt has been participating in raising awareness about autism for five years, according The Egyptian Autistic Society's founder Dalia Soliman, as stated by Cairo Post.