Shoppers throng markets on Eid eve

Markets remained abuzz on the eve of Eid as shopping picked up in different areas.

The markets across the Valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, wore a festive look as people came out in large numbers to shop.

The business hub Lal Chowk, Goni Khan and Maharaja Bazaar in the city witnessed a heavy rush of shoppers. Goni Khan Market appeared the busiest. Large number of women especially young girls was seen swarming cosmetic shops making a heyday for shopkeepers around.

In other parts of valley, people thronged the markets to buy groceries, clothes and eatables.  Worth to mention this time, locals are buying things in advance because the situation continues to be uncertain in valley due to prevailing political sensitivities. “We actually did our shopping two day before. And today we are here to buy some pending stuff. The situation in Kashmir is uncertain so we decided to buy some important eatables earlier”, said Wahid Ahmad Bhat.

Ramzan, the month of fasting, symbolizes beliefs of the community. It is not merely restraining oneself from having food but also to abstain from all kinds of evil and unlawful practices in Islam. Muslims, just before the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr, keep a month long fast throughout the month of Ramzan. The practice of fasting is also known as ‘roza’ that starts from the break of dawn till dusk and during this whole day an individual has to refrain himself from drinking, eating.

Eid-ul-Fitr literally means ‘festival of breaking the fast’. Like other festivals observed by the Muslim community, this festival symbolizes faith.

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