THE PEOPLE were in festive mood on Saturday. All the houses and business establishments were decked up with lights, flowers, candles and earthen lamps.
Since Eid follows soon after Diwali, the market was overcrowded.
Several roads — Reti Crossing, Ghosh Company, Ghanta Ghar, Townhall —witnessed traffic jam in the evening.
A large number people worshipped Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha after sunset, amidst chanting mantras and bhajans.
Community pujas were also organised in different parts of the city. A large number of people reached the puja pandals to offer prayers.
Besides buying news clothes, sweetmeats and other items, people bought firecrackers. Rise in prices of essential items failed to have any impact on the spirit of the festivals.
Meanwhile, the district administration has made elaborate security arrangements in the city in view of Diwali and Eid. It divided the city into six sectors and intensified patrolling.
The administration also diverted the traffic for the immersion of the idols of Goddess Lakshmi on October 23.
The traffic movement from Durgabari to Buxipur and Transport Nagar will be restricted. Similarly, the entry of vehicles from other districts to the city will be diverted through other routes.
The vehicles from Deoria side will be stop at Khorabar and the vehicles from Pipraich will stop at Padri Bazar.
Similarly, heavy traffic from Maharajganj side will not be allowed to go ahead from Gulharia.
The district administration had installed several barriers on these routes and deployed forces there to handle the traffic movements.