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London's West End Lit up for Ramadan for 1st Time (Photos + Videos)

Wed 22 Mar 2023 | 11:59 AM
Israa Farhan

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan lit the Ramadan lights for the first time in Piccadilly Circus in the capital.

This is the first time that a European city has witnessed such a grand show, with 30,000 lights lit and satellites depicting the phases of the moon throughout the month of Ramadan.

Turning on the lights, Khan is one of the 1.3 million Muslims in London celebrating Ramadan.

The initiative was spearheaded by the not-for-profit organization Ramadan Lights UK, which raised funds for the show through public donations.

Aisha Desai, the founder of the organization, said, “As a child, a trip into central London to see the festive lights was an annual treat.”

“My sister and I would lie in the back of the car looking at the lights through the sunroof. It was magical.”

“As a proud Muslim, I wanted to bring some of that magic to my community … And three years ago, that journey began with Ramadan Lights,” she added.

“And our generous donors have helped us go from strength to strength.”