Manchester City Council

Markets Longsight Market

Chand Raat 2016

On Monday 4 July 2016, Longsight Market celebrated the night before Eid with the return of Chand Raat.

This sensational market has been taking place since 2002 and has grown to become Europe’s biggest Chand Raat celebration.

Literally translated from Hindi and Urdu as the Night of the Moon, Chand Raat is held to mark the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul Fitr, the last day of the fasting period of Ramadan.

The colourful night market was full of sellers offering traditional Asian goods and gifts, henna painting and a mouth-watering range of Asian food.  The funfair was bigger than ever, engulfing the car park, and proving to be hugely popular with all.   Festivities also included vibrant circus themed street entertainers who delighted the crowds. 

The day was packed with families celebrating the wonderful party atmosphere.

We would like to thank everyone for helping to make this day such a huge success, and we look forward to an even bigger and better celebration in 2017.

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