Ramadan Light Displays Around the World: Celebrating the Holy Month with Illumination
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and it holds great significance for Muslims worldwide. It is a time for spiritual reflection, increased devotion, and self-discipline through fasting from sunrise to sunset each day. Muslims also engage in additional prayers, charity, and other acts of worship during this holy month.
One of the most beautiful and cherished traditions during Ramadan is the use of light displays. Illuminated decorations and lanterns are used to create a festive and joyful atmosphere during the month, and they symbolize the spiritual light and guidance that the holy month brings. This tradition is found in many Muslim-majority countries, and it has become increasingly popular in other parts of the world as well. Ramadan light displays are a way for Muslims to express their joy and gratitude for the blessings of the month, and they also serve as a way to bring communities together in celebration.
The Middle East holds great significance during Ramadan, and the United Arab Emirates is known for its exceptional approach to design. The UAE is a captivating sight during this holy month, with supermarkets, shopping centres, streets, and entire islands illuminated for Ramadan.
One initiative leaving Dubai arrivals in awe is the stunning sight of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah lit up with a special Ramadan greeting and a crescent moon. The TikTok Video shows a traveller aboard a plane, gazing out the window in awe as the lights on the iconic island suddenly switch off, and a beautifully illuminated crescent moon takes centre stage. The central road on the island is also aglow with the message “Happy Ramadan,” creating a truly breath-taking sight.
London is also in the spotlight this Ramadan as Piccadilly Circus is illuminated with Ramadan lights for the first time ever. This initiative was launched by Ramadan Lights UK, a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of the holy month of Ramadan. The display features a well-crafted concept that showcases the various phases of the moon throughout the month. Mayor Sadiq Khan turned on the lights to commemorate the occasion, and many people attended the event to celebrate this historic moment. The project, which was launched three years ago, has expanded to Coventry Street, one of London’s most famous streets, linking Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square.
The streets of Southeast Asia in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia are also illuminated with vibrant colours, creating a festive atmosphere during Ramadan. NGA wishes you a blessed Ramadan, filled with peace, prosperity, and blessings for you and your loved ones. May your fasts and prayers be accepted, and may the light, joy, and spirit of Ramadan fill your hearts.