Massive Rush In Valley On Eid Eve
31 January 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Kashmir valley wore a festival look as unprecedented rush of the people swarmed the marketplaces for the Eid eve shopping. Amidst downpour, people visited different markets to purchase the goods for Eid. Bakery shops, foot-ware shops, sweet shops and ready made garments shops are witnessing extraordinary rush. Residency Road, Moulana Azad Road, Regal Chowk, Lambert lane, Gonikhan, Kokar Bazar, Abi Guzar and Maharaj Bazar are experiencing heavy rush of the people. People are making beeline outside the bakery shops to purchase the eatables for the festival. Cakes, pastries and biscuits are much in demand. Such is the rush that long queues of people are seen outside the shops waiting for their turn to purchase the merchandise. Sweet shops in Srinagar are working over time to meet the demand of the people. Several sweet shops have showcased new varieties to woo the customers. Hundreds of kids flanked by their parents were seen purchasing shoes and clothes for Eid. Ready made garment shops were witnessing extraordinary rush. People were busy making shopping for Eid. Different varieties of the garments have been showcased to keep the people in tune with the latest fashion buzz. Mutton shops are making hay as people are purchasing mutton in huge quantities. Despite rumars of bird flu in different countries, people in Kashmir are purchasing chicken and the poultry bird stalls are witnessing heavy rush of the people. The heavy rush of the people have led to traffic choas. It took traffic cops hours to clear the traffic jams and regulate the traffic. Exhibition road to Dalgate and Polo view to Exhibition road witnessed traffic jams. Though there are still three days for Eid, the festivities are galore in the valley. People have decorated their shops and houses and given those a face lift. Security forces have erected banners wishing people a happy Eid-ul-Azha.