London was lit up for the capital’s first Ramadan lights to celebrate the start of the Islamic holy month.
In the first ever celebratory lights, London Mayor Sadiq Khan switched on the display in Piccadilly Circus that will illuminate the capital for the month of Ramadan.
This is the first time a European city has put on such a display for the festival and the installation includes 30,000 sustainable lights.
This has been done to mark the holy month of Ramadan in London, a city of 1.3 million Muslims, and across the country.
Thousands of lights were used to create an installation that illuminated the streets with the words “Happy Ramadan”.
Ramadan Lights UK, a not-for-profit organisation with the objective of increasing awareness about the month of fasting, curated the concept for London’s first-ever Ramadan lights. The project was led by founder Aisha Desai, who started it three years ago and has since expanded it.
The carefully curated display showcases the moon’s phases throughout Ramadan, and “brings the light of Ramadan to the streets of London,” according to a statement made by Ramadan Lights UK on Instagram. The project started in 2021 with its first display in Henley’s Corner on the North Circular and was followed by another one in Trafalgar Square in 2022.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed his pleasure in illuminating the lights and stated that it was an “honour to switch them on.” He tweeted that London is now the first major city in Europe to display such a spectacular light show to commemorate Ramadan. He also mentioned that this is a genuine representation of how the capital city commemorates its diversity.