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City set for cracker of a Diwali

THE CITY is set to celebrate the festival of lights Diwali with traditional gaiety and fervour on Saturday. Following hectic shopping for the past few days, people on Friday settled down to buying earthen lamps, idols of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh, sweets, flowers for puja and decorating houses.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 20:46 IST

THE CITY is set to celebrate the festival of lights Diwali with traditional gaiety and fervour on Saturday. Following hectic shopping for the past few days, people on Friday settled down to buying earthen lamps, idols of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh, sweets, flowers for puja and decorating houses.

A sunny day on Friday also dispelled apprehensions of a damp   Diwali, which cropped up following heavy showers on Thursday, which affected Dhanteras buying.

The sun brought great relief to the business community of Bhopal – be it big traders or small time hawkers. Thursday evening’s rain was a big blow to the Dhanteras market, as business transaction declined. The worst hit were street hawkers and small vendors and fireworks dealers.  

A clear sky brought cheer to the market and by afternoon, business started picking up. Hawkers and vendors were back to business with an all too eager public.

Firecracker retailers, however, were concerned over wholesalers selling crackers directly to consumers. “Wholesalers going for direct selling at Halalpura is highly objectionable and has caused immense damage to retailers in the City. It’s also disturbed the prices,” remarked firework retailer Mahendra Kumar Kothari.

New varieties of crackers and fireworks like ‘105 sounds’, ‘Tanks’ et al have also arrived in the market. To compensate the loss they incurred on Thursday evening, small hawkers have displayed their items in an attractive manner – right from flowers, idols, earthern lamps to puffed rice and sugar candy (Batasha). The entire City’s markets are quite upbeat, and looking forward to make a good business.