Ahead of Eid ul-Azha, markets and shopping centres across the North Kashmir have come alive with shoppers thronging the markets. Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Handwara markets wore festive looks as people in large numbers were seen shopping for Eid ul Azha, being celebrated on Saturday across Kashmir.
The festive fever has gripped all the markets with bakery, confectioneries and toy shops witnessing a heavy rush of customers.
Serpentine queues were witnessed at ATM outlets and Banks. Shopping outlets dealing with clothing including kids-wear, perfumes and footwear also saw brisk sales from early morning.
Nahida a customer at a shop in Bandipora said, “Kids are excited for Eid because they get to buy all the stuff of their choice whether it is new clothes or toys. You have to keep them happy. It is indeed a kids day”.
As the festival of eid comes closer, the stalls of beautifully designed colourful Bangles, Jewellery and Henna in the market’s of Baramulla, Handwara, Bandipora and Sopore became quite evident and have been set up nearly everywhere which are attracting female customers. Most of teenage girls rush towards henna stalls to embellish their hands before the arrival of Eid-Ul-Azha. Shoppers complained of price hike ahead of Eid by the some shopkeepers. Administration had however constituted market checking squads to keep a check on price hike by shopkeepers.
Meanwhile, the huge rush of vehicles on roads resulted in frequent traffic jams in all major towns of North Kashmir resulting in considerable inconvenience to the locals.
Eid al-Azha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this day with great reverence.