Thousands Of People Pack Coney Island Avenue For Annual Chand Raat Bazaar

Thousands Of People Pack Coney Island Avenue For Annual Chand Raat Bazaar
Chand Raat crowd

Thousands of people filled Coney Island Avenue, from Foster Avenue to Avenue H, last night for the annual Chand Raat Bazaar — a night of celebration marking the end of the Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

The American Council of Minority Women, which is based at 1090 Coney Island Avenue, by Glenwood Road, puts on the yearly festivities, which draw people from across the city — as well as other states — and includes everything from music and dancing to shopping and food.

Chand Raat clothing stalls
Kaneez Fatima sings at Chand Raat
Kaneez Fatima sings for an enthusiastic crowd.
A man makes drinks from bamboo stalks.
A man makes drinks from bamboo stalks.
Eid bamboo closeup

There were numerous talented henna artists that lined Coney Island Avenue, with many of the shops also offering henna.

Eid henna
Eid henna 1
Eid henna2
Eid henna 3
Chand Raat Henna girls
Chand Raat Bazah Roohi
Bazah Roohi founded the American Council of Minority Women in 2005.

Many of those who spoke during the evening praised the American Council of Minority Women, which was founded in 2005 by neighbor Bazah Roohi. Started in order to “promote, protect and develop minority women in social, legal, educational, and economic sectors,” the organization offers a wide variety of programs and resources, from a food pantry and domestic violence seminars to free legal consultation and literary events.

Eid Bazah Roohi and Rodneyse Bichotte

Among those who lauded Bazah, and the council, were Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, above, and Councilman Mathieu Eugene, below.

Eid Bazah Roohi and Mathieu Eugene
Eid Assemblyman Brennan's rep gives Volunteer of the Year award from American Council of Minority Women to Kaneez Fatima

Numerous awards were given during the evening. Above, Harry Schiffman, from Assemblyman Jim Brennan’s office, presents the Volunteer of the Year award to Kaneez Fatima. Brennan’s office also received an award for their support of the American Council of Minority Women.

Alvin Berk gives award to Reverend Ilyas Gill on behalf of American Council of Minority Women

Community Board 14 Chairman Alvin Berk, center, accepted an award from the council on behalf of CB 14, and he presented one from the council to Reverend Ilyas Gill, right.

Chand Raat Alvin Berk gives American Council of Minority Women award to Businessman of the Year Iftikhar Ahmad of Reliable Pak Inc.

Iftikhar Ahmad, center, of Reliable Pak (1090 Coney Island Avenue), was lauded as the council’s Businessman of the Year.

Chand Raat crowd with cameras

The crowd was a frenzy of cameras during the awards ceremony.

Chand Raat Council of Peoples Organization

Different organizations were on hand to talk to neighbors about a variety of resources, including the Council of Peoples Organization, a nonprofit that is based at 1081 Coney Island Avenue and serves the South Asian community with numerous program, from legal clinics to a senior center.

Chand Raat climbing wall

There were also numerous activities for children, including the NYPD’s climbing wall — which drew a huge crowd of kids throughout the evening –a clown, and more.

Eid clown
Kids eagerly await their balloons from the clown.
Kids eagerly await their balloons from the clown.
Chand Raat bubbles
Chand Raat Meena jewelry women

Shoppers delighted at the tables filled with jewelry, clothes and more. Above, two workers from Meena Jewelry at 1066 Coney Island Avenue, showed off their trays of bracelets.

Eid women looking at clothes
Eid Beela's Boutique
Chand Raat clothing

Did you go last night? If you took any photos, let us know! Send them to editor@ditmasparkcorner.com, and we’ll post them to the blog.

And to all our neighbors who celebrate, Eid Mubarak!

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