Piccadilly illuminated by the first-ever Ramadan Lights switch on
Wednesday 22 March: Heart of London has collaborated with Ramadan Lights and The Aziz Foundation to bring hanging street illuminations to the West End to celebrate the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan.
The official light switch-on took place yesterday evening with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Hamza Taouzzale, Lord Mayor of Westminster City Council and is the first-time lights of this scale are on display in the UK and Europe.
The lights will hang on Coventry Street between Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square, from Wednesday 22 March to Friday 21 April 2023. In a drive to be more sustainable, the lights are made of energy-efficient LED light bulbs and fully recyclable aluminum frames. Any carbon created during the transport, installation and removal of the scheme will be offset.
Aisha Desai, Founder of Ramadan Lights, said:
“As a child, I was captivated by the festive lights every year. As a proud Muslim and Londoner, I not only wanted to bring some of that magic to my community, I also wanted to break the barriers for other creative young Muslims. I hope that by seeing Ramadan Lights line one of the most famous streets in London during the whole month of Ramadan, they will believe that anything is possible.”
Ros Morgan, Chief Executive of Heart of London Business Alliance:
“At Heart of London, we are proud to be transforming the West End with a light display in celebration of Ramadan for the first time in the area’s history. The West End has always had a proud tradition of openness towards people of all backgrounds and these lights help to ensure that it remains an inclusive destination, known all over the world.”
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