(MENAFN) London’s West End, known for its shopping, entertainment and tourism, has been decorated to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan for the first time in history. The district is a popular destination among tourists from the Gulf and the city’s Muslim community, which makes up around 15 percent of the total population. The festive decorations include fanoos lanterns and lights in the shape of crescent moons and stars, as well as a banner with the words “Happy Ramadan” on Coventry Street between Piccadilly and Leicester Square.
The decorations were put up to welcome the start of the holy month, which is known to bring a surge in visitor numbers to the area, dubbed the “Ramadan Rush.” This year, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on April 2, subject to the sighting of the new moon.
The Royal Mint, the official manufacturer of the UK’s coinage, also recently issued a new gold bullion bar depicting the Kaaba in Makkah, the holiest site in Islam. Priced at £1,156.22 ($1,414.43) per bar, the issuance of the bar is seen as a recognition of the growing demand for gold during the holy month.
The move to decorate London’s West End to mark the start of Ramadan is a significant gesture towards the city’s Muslim community, highlighting the growing recognition of the importance of religious and cultural diversity in the UK.
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