All arrangements have been finalized by the people of northern Sindh to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with traditional zeal, enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour like other parts of the country. Eid shopping went on peak in almost all shopping centres of the Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Jaccababad, Ghotki, Kashmore- kandhkot, Noshehroferoze and other big and small towns where the people were seen busy in Eid shopping.
The Eid shopping will continue till the early hours of Eid day. The high prices of food items including rice, onion, chilli, vegetables and other essential commodities this year have hit hard the common people and many are in a fix about how to manage the extra expenditure for Eid within their limited budget. In Sukkur the local and international clothes, footwear, cosmetics, spices and many other commodities have made inroads into many shops and markets.
Some shopkeepers said here on Saturday viewed that though the sales were picking up since Ramadan 20, the buyers say they were disheartened by price hike of all goods this year. Traditionally shopping will continue till the ‘Chand Raat’ on this occassion, most of shopping centres are seen packed with buyers especially after Iftar. A buyer Sana Khan said that many varieties of clothing were available in every shop adding shoppers were preferring readymade garment for themselves and their children.
The shops were flooded with garments for men, women and children, with the latest designs, particularly for children, she added. Another buyer Kanwal Baig said, ‘Children and women are seen more enthusiastic in choosing new and unique design clothes to wear on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr’. The rush of customers at the shopping centres started from evening and continued till closing of the shops, she added.
With the rise in number of buyers, traffic jam in busy markets and intersections, particularly in front of shopping centers has become a routine. Despite special arrangements of Traffic Police to avoid congestion in busy markets, traffic remained choked in the markets due to lack of awareness about traffic laws among peoples. Artificial jewellery stalls showcasing different varities have been set up in various markets of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr attracting a large number of womenfolk. These stalls offering sale on bangles rings,bracelets and many other things that are the main interest of womenfolk. Soon, after iftari huge rush had witnessed in markets for Eid shopping.
The shopkeepers expect the sale will go further up a week before Eid. ‘It is three days before Eid when our sale of bangles will be at the highest point,’ Fayyaz Khan a stallholder at a local market, said.’Price of a dozen of bangles ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 300, depending on their quality and style. Kanwal Sohaib, a student said, ‘Eid shopping is incomplete without buying bangles and applying mehndi.’ Sameen Khan, a university student said that handmade bangles have become popular but are costly as compared to steel bangles which last longer. According to a stall holder at Karachi Company rubber bangles along with artificial gold bangles was in great demand this year.—APP