Chand Raat

One of the highlights of Ramazan in Karachi is Chand Raat – the entire city doesn’t seem to go to sleep until 6 AM, and there’s this mad shopping frenzy in the air, combined with this city-wide spirit to just aimlessly stroll the streets and take in the sights and sounds. What are your Chand Raat rituals – do you do the same thing every year, or has the excitement worn off as you got older..tell all :)

7 Comments so far

  1. Aman (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 8:44 pm

    I’m gonna miss Chand Raat more than Eid itself

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 9:12 pm

    well it seems as if this year chand raat is off to a slow start

    But despite that I am sure the entire Karachi will party till late at night and NOT make it to the Eid Namaz – One usually sees those late commers in the masjid scrambling in just before “sajda” – “in your heart you know they slept late and hence got up late” *snicker*

    PARTY ON KARACHI !!!!! but do remember to pray for the inocent lives lost in the EQ

  3. Zaidi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 9:23 pm

    Karachi is expected to be comparatively more quiet in this year’s chandraat because most people are not excited about doing something enjoyable as they are feeling sympathetic to the victims of the nations’ biggest tradegy. Eid will also be more simple…

    No extravagent expenditure on new clothes, shoes


    More contribution to relief.

    Karachi also saw the EIDI for the children of the tradegy being collected… many young children proved their sympathies by ensuring their presence and contributions at the collection centres.

  4. Farhan (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 12:14 am

    I second all who are saying that this year’s chaand raat/eid will be slow due the the sympathies with EQ victims. So far i didnt see traffic jams, crazy shoppers and those who just want to spend their nights out from their homes along with their buddies listening to loud music in their cars at any street.

  5. jammie (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 12:34 am

    really? try going to zamzamza after 11 pm. its like if people dont buy out all the shoes, tragedy will strike again or something.

    but answering humas question…i think chand raat used to be bigger…i remmber harassing guy friends/cousins to get us choorian…where as in the last few years, its been more about being with people you truly enjoy yourself with…even if at someones house. so yeh…perhaps age DOES catch up :D

  6. Zag (unregistered) on November 1st, 2005 @ 11:33 am

    Jammie is right, age does change stuff…. and chand raat is one of those things… now its not about going out and staying out till fajr… things change…

    as for the shopping this year…. about 9 days before the Eid when i went to zamzama for my shopping, i was amazed at how empty it was… i was able to get through all my shopping within one hour…. day before yesterday when i went out for a late night snack, i was stuck in traffic and couldn’t find a parking place!!!

  7. Karachitte (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 6:12 pm

    i really really think Eid should be simpler, and quieter this year.

    how can you spend on fancy accessories and expensive shoes and joras when that money could provide some desperately needed aid up north.???

    lets not put our consciences to sleep here.

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