With Ramadan and Eid officially behind us, we can now look back on Chand Raat (the night before Eid Day) as a flagship city-wide event where families come together and celebrate at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Described by revellers as one of the rare events for Muslims in the east end of the Greater Toronto Area, Chand Raat 2019 did not disappoint. Sure, there were some mixed views on whether it actually marked the official end of Ramadan – but the fun was still had.
Hosted by Khurshid Alam Chishti with the support of willing volunteers like community staple, Kashif Khan (pictured above).
“Like last many years before, once again we have planned a grand Chand Raat Mela in our local area. Last year about 10,000 people enjoyed the event, and we had even more this year,” says Khan.
Fast becoming one of the largest Chand Raat Mela’s in Canada, the local chapter opens up most of the businesses in the plaza at 7595 Markham Road. These include traditional mens, womens, and kids clothing outlets along with makeshift Henna booths, Paan, Flooda and bouncy castle for youngsters.
These, in addition to the free entry and free parking making this event accessible, hassle-free and enjoyable for families.
Chand Raat, affectionately referred to as the “Chand mela” in the Muslim-Pakistani community lasts for two days starting on the 29th day of Ramadan. Families get to do their shopping, while enjoying quality food, henna and the bouncy castle.
Community values of inclusiveness, peace, love, and harmony take center-stage at the culturally diverse event and within Canada’s most diverse city.
(Photography: Martin Kwok)