With Eid-ul-fitr just a few hours away, last minute shoppers are thronging markets to make purchases. Temporary stalls selling clothes, footwear, headgear and trinkets have cropped up in Mominpura, the biggest market in the city for Eid. The permanent retailers too have come out with new range of garments.
The shopkeepers are opening the shops till late at night to cater to the demands of the customers. The products on sale during the last seven days of the month at these locations include pathanis, kurtis, sherwanis sadras, salwar kurtas, kaftans, skullcaps and footwear, among others that the faithful buy in preparation for Eid.
“Traditional attires are not easily available throughout the year and hence Muslims youth and old prefer to buy pathanis. salwar kurta sets, headwear and footwear which can be bought at affordable prices. Hence, the last seven days of the holy month sees people from all over the city converge here,” a shopkeeper said.
The shops belong to both seasonal as well as regular traders who source the readymade clothes from Mumbai, Surat and local tailors as well. But the main attraction is the Lucknowi chikan material that comes with exquisite embroidery. Besides, designer jeans, T-shirts, shirts and trousers are selling like hot cakes.
Soaring mercury and inflation too have failed to dampen the spirit of buyers. Heavy rush is seen through out the day. Traffic police has banned entry of four-wheelers into the market for the convenience of people.
Meanwhile, the market is also flooded with sewain and sootpheni. People are making beeline to purchase sewain and sootpheni so that delicacies of Eid like sheer korma, badam phirni and others can be prepared. Sewain is a sweet dish that is made from vermicelli and milk. Sheer korma is a traditional festive breakfast.
Sheer means milk while korma is made of dried dates. Sheer korma is cooked as a dessert at the time of celebrations. It is served to the family on the morning of Eid and to the guests who visit the house.
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