New History, Ramadan Greeting Lamps Decorate the City of Frankfurt, Germany

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The city of Frankfurt in Germany lights ornamental lights to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday (10/3/2024). This was Frankfurt's first form of national greeting, according to local media.

A large sign reading “Happy Ramadan” and a display of lights shaped like stars, lanterns and a crescent moon were unveiled in an evening ceremony. The sparkling Ramadan-themed lights illuminate the streets in the city center which are filled with restaurants and cafes.

Local officials and German media said this was the first time a German city had installed street lighting for Ramadan.

Mayor Nargess Eskandari-Gruenberg called it a beautiful gesture symbolizing peaceful coexistence for everyone in Frankfurt.

“In times of crisis and war, this lighting is a sign of hope for everyone and strengthens cohesion in our diverse urban society,” he said in a statement earlier this week, reported by, Tuesday, (12/3/2024).

The western city of Frankfurt, Germany's financial center with a population of more than 750,000 people, is home to about 100,000 Muslims. Ramadan lights reportedly cost at least 75,000 euros or around IDR 1.27 billion.

Ramadan street decorations were also displayed in the city of Cologne for the first time, the Bild newspaper reported, although the decorations were paid for by private donations rather than public funds.

The Frankfurt branch of the Coordinating Council of Muslims welcomed the street lights as a sign of “appreciation and recognition of the cultural and religious diversity of our international city.”

But not all reactions have been positive. Robert Lambrou, a regional lawmaker from Hesse whose right-wing AfD party ranks highly in opinion polls, condemned the Ramadan decorations as “a gesture of submission to Islam.”

The idea to hang the lights came from city council member Omar Shehata, from Chancellor Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party. Shehata told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper that he was inspired by London, which last year lit up for Ramadan for the first time.

Responding to the AfD's criticism, he said: “Many people in Frankfurt are united against right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism.”

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