'Happy Ramadan' lights up London's Piccadilly Circus for the first time ever

22-03-2023 03:31 PM

Ammon News - For the first time ever, London's Piccadilly Circus has been lit up with Ramadan lights to welcome the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Mayor Sadiq Khan switched on the display to mark the occasion, as many gathered to celebrate the historic moment on Tuesday.

The words "Happy Ramadan" illuminated the streets, with the installation carrying thousands of lights.

The concept has been curated by Ramadan Lights UK, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to spread awareness of the month of fasting.

"This carefully curated concept depicts the phases of the moon throughout the blessed month, bringing the light of Ramadan to the streets of London," Ramadan Lights UK said in an Instagram post.

The initiative, led by founder Aisha Desai, began three years ago and has since grown.

In 2021, the project launched its first showing in Henley's Corner on the North Circular and in 2022, the idea made its way to Trafalgar Square.

On the project's website, Ms Desai said: "As a child, a trip into central London to see the festive lights was an annual treat.

"As a proud Muslim, I wanted to bring some of that magic to my community.

"This year, I am so proud that our lights will line one of London's most famous streets - Coventry Street, the road that joins Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square."

Sky news

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