London’s first ever Ramadan lights are switched on

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London’s West End has been lit up with festive Ramadan lights for the first time ever.

Piccadilly Circus was illuminated with 30,000 sustainable lights that read ‘Happy Ramadan’ and feature glittering moons and stars.

The beautiful display depicts the phases of the moon throughout Ramadan, and is the first on this scale in Europe.

Ramadan Lights UK is the non-profit organisation behind the exhibit, which was funded from public donations.

Founder Aisha Desai said she was inspired by her love for the capital’s Christmas lights.

‘As a child, a trip into central London to see the festive lights was an annual treat,’ she said.

‘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.

‘And our generous donors have helped us go from strength to strength.’

The lights were switched on by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, one of the city’s many Muslims celebrating Ramadan.

It is observed by 1.3 million Muslims across London and 3.8 million across the UK.

Muslims will fast this year during the daylight hours from March 22 to April 21.

Elsewhere across the capital, an open Iftar – breaking of the fast – will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.

The museum has also erected a pop-up mosque and Ramadan pavilion for Muslims and non-Muslims.

And in a first for Chelsea FC, an open Iftar will be held at the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

Wembley Stadium are set to do the same later this month.

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