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Last-minute shoppers flood markets

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 00:02 IST

LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING spree was witnessed in  almost all the markets. Big crowds were seen at ‘sewai’ and readymade garment shops situated on  Nai Sadak and Naveen Market.

Though people have made advance preparations for celebrating Id with enthusiasm they were seen making final preparations till late tonight. Men, women and children were seen at eateries temporarily set up on Nai Sadak from Parade to Moolganj Crossing. Besides readymade garments, artificial jewellery and confectionary shops were the most crowded shops in the city.

According to Fauzia Shanam, a student, “So much has to be done in so little time while preparing for Id.

It’s time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties.”

Asif Ahmed, a ‘sewai’ seller, who looked quiet happy with the volume of sale said, “People usually make last minute preparations for Id and it’s the time when we sell off all our stuff.”

Although it is quiet difficult for many to buy things at the end of the month, this hardly dampens the spirit of the people to shop exclusively for the festival.

Asif Sheikh, a government employee, said, “For us Eid is a joyous occasion with important religious significance. There is happiness all around as it’s time for spiritual uplift after a month of fasting. We, therefore, cannot let this festival pass off without any celebration and merry making.”

Along with brisk sale of clothes and sweets, firecracker shops also witnessed huge crowds of purchasers.

For Muslims, Id -ul-Fitr is a joyful celebration of the achievement of enhanced piety. 

It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory and peace, of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity.

They are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but thanking God for the help and strength that they believe He gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.