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Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr markets across Kashmir wore festive look

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 03 : Markets across the Kashmir Valley, including summer capital Srinagar, wore a festive look today as people came out in large numbers to shop for Eid-ul-Fitr festival to be celebrated on Wednesday.

Bakeries, confectioneries, toy shops witnessed a heavy rush of customers as Muslims started preparing for the two-day Eid festival which marks the culmination of fasting month of Ramadan.

Eid will be celebrated on Wednesday, depending on the appearance of crescent as Muslims follow the lunar calendar.

Shopping outlets selling clothes, perfumes and footwear also saw brisk sales from early in the morning.  The heavy rush has brought smiles to the faces of the business community in the Valley which had suffered massive losses during last year’s summer unrest.

“I had no sales last year due to the frequent strikes and curfew. But, touchwood, the business is good this year and (I)hope to make up for some of the losses incurred last year,” Aashiq Ahmad, a businessman in Lal Chowk area of the city, said.

The roadside vendors have also set up stalls in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas selling all kinds of merchandise.  Serpentine queues were witnessed at ATM outlets and banks as people withdrew more than Rs five crore during the weekend for Eid shopping, sources in the banking industry said.

Learning from the experience of previous years, the traffic department has barred the entry of passenger vehicles into the commercial hub of Lal Chowk which used to lead to traffic jams.

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