Chand Raat is now over for 2013. A big thanks to everyone who made this market into yet another massive success!
Longsight Market has celebrated Chand Raat every year since 2002, creating the biggest celebration of the festival in Europe. Literally translated from Hindi and Urdu as the Night of the Moon, Chand Raat is the equivalent of Christmas Eve for south Asians.
Held to celebrate the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul Fitr, the last day of the fasting period of Ramadan, the day is a time of celebration for Hindus and Muslims alike. Stalls are packed with traders selling Asian food and special sweets in preparation for the feasting day of Eid, whilst a variety of performance artists provide the entertainment, including; music, song and dance.