A young Muslim girl eats a sandwich as she looks on during Eid al-Fitr festivities on October 28, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)A young Muslim girl eats a sandwich as she looks on during Eid al-Fitr festivities on October 28, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
A young Muslim girl eats a sandwich as she looks on during Eid al-Fitr festivities on October 28, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) | Getty Images

In Pictures: Ramadan celebrations in London over the years

To mark the beginning of Ramadan, LondonWorld has taken a look at how the sacred month has been celebrated in London over the years.

Ramadan celebrations have started across the UK this week, with Muslims starting their first day of fasting on Thursday.

The religious festival marks the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar and is a time of worship, fasting, prayer, charity, community spirit and spiritual development.

Throughout the month, practising Muslims will be refraining from eating and drinking anything from dawn until sunset.

They will have a pre-fasting breakfast before sunrise (Suhoor) and a post-fasting dinner after sunset (Iftar).

The sacred month is especially important as it is one of the five pillars of Islam and allows Muslims to grow spiritually and build a stronger relationship with Allah (God).

Muslims are also encouraged to carry out as many good deeds as they can throughout this holy month, such as giving to charity or as simple as finishing a chapter of the Quran every day, as it is believed that they would be rewarded  for their efforts many times over.

The holy month will then end with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr or the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, which is due to take place on April 22.

According to the 2021 Census there are 1,318,755 Muslims living in London, making up 15% of the population.

We’ve taken a look at how Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr has been celebrated in London over the years.