Chand Raat

The culmination of Ramadan will bring with it Chand Raat (the night of the moon), an evening of great excitement and unity. It’s the eventide or moment the first crescent moon of the month is observed, which marks the end of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, a period of fasting, prayer and reflection, and the start of Eid, the beginning of great festivities – and of course, the copious amounts of delicious food that comes with them. 

The evening is filled with last-minute visits to tailors, adding the finishing touches to the brand-new outfits customarily worn at Eid; a trip to the barber may also be in order. The atmosphere buzzes with the chatter of cousins and friends decorating one another’s hands with intricate henna patterns; the air is scented with seductive aromas emanating from the kitchen, as the Eid feast is prepared.

With this in mind, we’re thrilled to share that we’re going to be throwing a big party at Dishoom to celebrate Chand Raat, where all are welcome whether fasting or not. Join us on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2022, at the spectacular Landing Forty-Two on the 42nd floor of the Cheesegrater, where we’ll be hosting a totally unforgettable evening complete with first-class Dishoom dishes and music against the backdrop of a sweeping city view. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

In the meantime, we wish Ramadan Mubarak to all, and may your prayers and fasts be accepted over the coming weeks. 

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