Longsight Market on the corner of St John’s and Dickenson Roads has proved it is a pioneering location, hosting the first Eid celebration at a market in 2002. The night market Chand Raat, which means new moon, has been so successful that it is returning with even more energy.
St John’s Road will be closed to accommodate the crowds for this fun-filled family evening. There will be a children’s fair and Sam Samarat Band will be beating out the rhythm to a great event, which marks the evening before Eid in the Asian calendar. The band is a multi-cultural fusion involving the Qawwali group, which provides lead vocals, tablas and harmoniums.
Specialists selling Asian food, crafts, jewellery and fashion will join regular traders from Longsight Market. The focus is on entertainment for all and stalls selling food such as fragrantly spiced samosas, pakoras and
kebabs will keep the chill away. Ready-made Asian garments will be available and the traditional decorative Asian shoes associated with Eid will also be on sale.
Longsight Traders Association – the shops and businesses on Stockport Road and Dickenson Road have been instrumental in obtaining grant aided funding for festive EID lights and banners. The LTA will be joining in the festivities this year.
Chair of Longsight Traders Association and manager of Indus Restaurant, Shahzad Irshad, said: “I’m looking forward to this event. I hope the weather holds out as we have some great entertainment lined up.”
Councillor Paul Murphy, executive member for markets, said: “This is a fantastic event for communities to come together and celebrate a happy and peaceful Eid in an entertaining way. Manchester is very proud of its specialist markets and this event at Longsight, a popular community market, is a great meeting point for residents and visitors. Come along and soak up
the festive atmosphere.”
Jim Hanham, chairman of Longsight branch of the National Market Traders Federation, said: “We are very excited about this year’s event. We have really worked hard to make this year’s Chand Raat, better than ever.”