The tense situation in the city on Thursday played spoilsport for several families who had to cancel Bhau Beej celebrations, where brothers and sisters get together on the fifth day of Diwali to exchange gifts and pray for each other’s well-being.
Thane resident Ankita Gole also cancelled her plan to visit her brother’s house in Santacruz. “As very few people were stepping out of their homes on Thursday, I also decided it was safe to stay home,” said Gole.
Several owners of sweetshops and general stores in the city registered bad business on Thursday as few customers turned up.
“I usually sell sweets worth Rs.1.5 lakh on Bhau Beej alone, but we could not make any profit this time, and we do not know what to do with all the unsold sweets and chocolate boxes,” said the owner of a sweet mart in Dadar.