What's Happening In London For Ramadan 2016

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What's Happening In London For Ramadan 2016
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It's currently Ramadan, the month-long Islamic holy month. Most adult Muslims are currently fasting from dawn to sunset — particularly harsh in 2016 because, since the dates of Ramadan are set by the lunar calendar and moves every year, it falls during the summer equinox.

The fasting is in order to concentrate the mind on more spiritual matters, as Muslims reflect on better self-discipline, generosity and charity.

Muslims are allowed to eat during iftar, the period between sunset and sunrise. If you'd like to join in an iftar meal there are a number of free community events you can go to. Sunset is around 9.20pm for the month of Ramadan, which ends on 7 July.

East London Mosque

The East London Mosque hosts an iftar meal every night at the London Muslim Centre. It can get very busy, with up to 500 people attending. The centre is asking for sponsorship to pay for meals — just £2 pays for one person (so maybe have a couple of pound coins with you when you turn up).

London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road E1 1JX

Ramadan Tent Project

In Malet Street Gardens you can find the Ramadan Tent Project, a charitable initiative to encourage Muslims and non-Muslims to break the fast together. It's open during all of Ramadan but there's limited capacity, so it's first come first served.

Ramadan Tent Project, Malet Street Gardens, Malet Street WC1E 6DP

The Big Iftar

Check out The Big Iftar on Facebook for details of events near you as they're announced. So far there's a Big Royal Iftar on 11 June at West London Synagogue (33 Seymour Place, W1H 5AU) for Muslims, Jews and Christians.

Wimbledon

Wimbledon Mosque is holding a community iftar meal on Saturday 18 June. It starts at 8.30pm and there's a chance to ask questions about Islam before the Azan call to prayer and breaking the fast. If you want to go you're asked to RSVP before 16 June.

Wimbledon Mosque, 262-270 Durnsford Road SW19 8DS

Eid

The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid al-Fitr. There'll be a major free festival in Trafalgar Square on 9 July with live music, face painting, storytelling and lots of delicious food from around the world.

If you can't make it to zone 1, try a family fun day at Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in North Kensington, which will have a bouncy castle, arts and crafts stalls, a pamper zone and even more delicious food.

Know of any other Ramadan events going on in London? Let us know in the comments below.

Last Updated 07 June 2016