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Sadiq Khan switches on London’s first Ramadan lights in Piccadilly Circus

Sadiq Khan has switched on London’s first ever celebratory Ramadan lights.

The installation of 30,000 sustainable lights, which on this scale are the first in Europe, will illuminate Piccadilly Circus for the month of Ramadan.

The festival is observed by Muslims, including the London mayor, who this year will fast in daylight hours from 22 March to 21 April.

The Ramadan lights at Piccadilly Circus on the eve of the first day of Ramadan on Tuesday. Photograph: Anna Gordon/Reuters

The initiative was led by non-profit organisation Ramadan Lights UK, which rallied to set up the display through public donations. Its founder, Aisha Desai, said: “As a child, a trip into central London to see the festive lights was an annual treat.

Sadiq Khan switches on the first ever Ramadan lights installation at Piccadilly Circus
Sadiq Khan at Ramadan lights installation at Piccadilly Circus on the eve of the first day of Ramadan on 21 March. Photograph: Anna Gordon/Reuters

“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 read Happy Ramadan, with glittering moons and stars to match. The curated concept depicts the phases of the moon throughout Ramadan.

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