Srinagar, Oct 9: In the run up to the Ed-ul-Fitr markets in the city centre here are wearing a festive look with shoppers from different areas thronging the shops.
Shopkeepers and traders from garment sellers to bakery-shop owners have spruced up their shelves with latest and wide range of product varieties to attract more and more punters.
Throughout the day people from all age groups in droves could be seen carrying carry bags with items ranging from kids' garments to fashionable men and women wears and rich variety of bakery items and mouth watering pastries were.
Musaib was accompanied by his parents and two sisters at Regal Chowk here to make the Eid shopping. "We purchased new clothes for me and my two sisters and also bought bakery and pastry," said Musaib.
Bakers, garment sellers, jewelry dealers, and other traders have decorated their shops not only to attract more and more customers but also to mark the Eid festivities. New variety of goods and edibles has occupied the shelves of shops and the dealers are keeping their fingers crossed about huge turnout.
"We hope the remaining days would continue to be sunny so that the market remains abuzz," said many traders at Biscoe lane.
Customer rush was more noticeable in Maharaja Bazaar and Goni-Khan where many traders had employed more salesmen to cater to every customer.
"We have witnessed huge rush of customers for bakery. People ask for new variety of biscuits, cakes, and pastry items," said owner of a bakery shop at Lal Chowk.
Riyaz Ahmad owner of another bakery shop said: "There was sustained increase in the customer rush over past some days and we had to temporarily suspend many routine activities like preparing the Chola-Puri."
Many bakery shops had prepared many new items including chicken kebab. Traders selling toys and other kids' items at Maharaja Bazaar told this reporter that their sales had increased during last some days.
The traders dealing in firecrackers are also expecting good sale. "We have got a huge variety of crackers on the eve of Eid and are expecting good business," said Riyaz Ahmad a shop owner at Maharaja Bazaar.
He said since Eid is an exhilarating movement, most of the children purchase firecrackers to enjoy it. "Our potential customer is a small kid," he remarked.
At Goni Khan market the shops selling jewelry, cosmetics, kids' wears, and dupattas were main attractions for the ladies' customers.
Abdul Rehman owner of a Dupatta shop said, "Since the rush of the customers is picking up continuously, I have ordered for extra goods and employed more salesman."
However, the traders at Forest and Lambert Lane were not satisfied with the customer rush.
"The customer rush is quite low this time. Last Eid the customer rush had actually begun 20 days before the Eid," said Muhammad Ashraf selling garments and shoes.
Many traders accused footpath vendors of taking away their business. "The street vendors have grabbed the whole market and are enjoying without paying any tax," said Firdous Ahmad, a garment shop owner.
Talking to Greater Kashmir a lady customer Zainab who had purchased new dresses for her three children said: "Eid is always a special day for children and we (parents) should try to give them things of their joy."