VIDEO | London illuminated with 30.000 lamps on the occasion of Ramadan

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London's West End will be illuminated for the first time with 30.000 lights on the occasion of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Coventry Street, which connects Leicester Square to Piccadilly, is lit up with a 'Happy Ramadan' sign. The lights were switched on by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is one of the 1,3 million Muslims in London who celebrate Ramadan, writes "BBC".

Aishea Desai, who was inspired by her fondness for Christmas lights, is responsible for decorating the city.

"I just had the ambition to make London like it was for the Christmas holidays. "I remembered going to see the Christmas lights with my sister when I was growing up and had the opportunity to live in the Middle East and I wanted to bring that joy and magic to London," explained Desai.

"It looks amazing, I'm overwhelmed by the reaction. This is such an important month for Muslims. I wanted to raise that awareness as well so that our neighbors know that this is a really important month for us, it's my favorite month of the year and I'm just grateful to be here today,” she added.

An open iftar, the evening meal that marks the breaking of the fast, will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, which has erected a makeshift mosque and prepared a Ramadan pavilion for Muslims and non-Muslims.

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