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Ramadan 2022: Thousands joined by mayor for Iftar in Trafalgar Square for last week of fasting

Sadiq Khan was joined by thousands of Londoners from all faiths to celebrate the last few days of Ramadan in Trafalgar Square last night. Iftar is an evening meal which marks the end of they day's fast during the holy month where Muslim's give up eating and drinking during daylight hours to show their devotion to God.

Last night's Iftar held on one of London's most famous landmarks was not limited to Muslims though, with Londoners from "all walks of life" joining the mayor and to share hot food provided the Ramadan Tent Project. The community led project started after the London riots in 2011 and has made a welcome return from virtual events after the pandemic.

Last night's Open Iftar included inspirational speakers and call to prayer by Imam Muhittin Aydin. An event spokesperson told MyLondon: "We aimed to provide a home away from home, strengthen community ties and embody the beauty of our faith. The initiative grew and we were able to host more than just students. Our tent began welcoming the vulnerable, including the homeless, those in need of a community and anyone who wished to share our food and faith with us."

Mum of two Farzan Hussain said: "Amazing to have the chance to volunteer at the biggest open air Iftar in Western Europe in iconic Trafalgar Square and listen to our inclusive mayor. As Ramadan 2022 is ending, It was special to see 2,500 people breaking fast."

Writer Furvah Shah said: "Open Iftar in Trafalgar Square was a such a beautiful event, as always! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of community and togetherness here. Props to all the volunteers who put this incredible evening together! What a blessed send off for Ramadan."

Event founder Omar Salha said: "Events like Open Iftar represents a pillar of Britain’s rich cultural ecology. After being separated for 2 years, to witness thousands finally coming together, turning strangers into friends is truly remarkable. Young & old, tears of joy, elevation & unity."

Trafalgar Square shone bright as people enjoyed one of the last Iftars for this year's Ramadan

Trafalgar Square shone bright as people enjoyed one of the last Iftars for this year's Ramadan

Sadiq Khan was joined by thousands of Londoners from all faiths to celebrate the last few days of Ramadan in Trafalgar Square last night. Iftar is an evening meal which marks the end of they day's fast during the holy month where Muslim's give up eating and drinking during daylight hours to show their devotion to God.

ayor Khan said: "Tonight thousands of Londoners from all walks of life came together at the heart of our city for a Ramadan Iftar. And doesn't Trafalgar Square look beautiful! Here in London - we embrace and celebrate our diversity."

The end of Ramadan draws near with Eid-al-Fitr falling on Bank Holiday Monday this year. Thankfully fasting is forbidden on this holy day, so expect feasts across London as people gather to share delicious food and exchange gifts. 

Reference: My London: Callum Cuddeford 

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