Eid shopping gains momentum in Khulna, Rajshahi
Eid shopping is gaining momentum in Khulna and Rajshahi with huge crowds rushing to the markets of the two districts.
KHULNA: With only two weeks left for Ed-ul-Fitr, the greatest Muslim religious festival, the Eid shopping has started gaining momentum here amid huge supply of consumer goods and enthusiasm among the people for buying.
All the city markets are seen busy now to sell their commodities to the shoppers. The rush of customers at the shopping malls starts from morning and runs till closing of the shops.
The buying spree is likely to continue till the last day of the holy Ramadan.
With the rise in the number of buyers, traffic jam in the city's busy market places, roadside makeshift markets and intersections, particularly in front of shopping centres, have become acute.
Retail prices of children, men's and women's wear, both country-made and foreign especially Indian, rose by 20 to 25 per cent than the previous year.
Markets have been decorated with some of their gates being illuminated with coloured neon signs.
The volume of transactions is relatively higher this year as the city's Boro Bazaar, Moshiur Rahman Market, Khaja Khanjahan Ali Hawkers Market, Nixon Market, Shaheed Sohrawardy Market, Esha Chamber, Akhter Chamber, Malek Chamber, Dawkbangla Super Market, Khulna Shopping Complex, Khan Tower, KDA New Market, Arong, Safe and Save, KDA Avenue Markets and different shopping houses were humming with unusual Eid shopping crowd.
Small shops are found more crowded than the big shopping malls. Buyers in larger numbers, mostly women and children, are crowding the shopping centres before and after iftar.
Prices of different varieties of clothes, particularly cotton, silk and synthetic, have registered a sharp rise although the shops are almost full of a variety of garments.
Indian "Lehenga" and floor touch are being sold at Tk 4,000 to Tk 15,000.
Aliful Haque, owner of Aponjona at KDA New Market, said they are selling Boutiques, Organ De Boutiques, Muslin, Sarara, Jamdani and Rajshahi silk this time.
Most of the rich buyers are crowding different big shopping centres while the middle-income group people are seen purchasing their desired items from Borobazar and Nixon Markets while the low income group people are also seen purchasing from make shift markets.
Shoppers are also frequenting readymade garment and locally made clothe shops. The shops are flooded, with garments, country made Muslin, Jamdani and Tangail sari with latest designs.
The shopkeepers are yet not happy with their current sale and the profit being earned.
"We will be happy after 17 or 18 Ramadan when people will get bonus and start marketing for their near and dear ones," said Emdadul Haque, owner of Yasmin Sari House at KDA New Market.
Talking to Ayub Hossain, owner of Kushtia Bostraloy at Borobazar, said, "Clothe shopping has gained momentum in the market. We become happy as extortion has almost been disappeared from the city markets due to strict vigilance by the law enforcing agencies."
RAJSHAHI: With two weeks left for the Eid-ul-Fitr, the city has been caught by shopping fever with modern and traditional shopping malls bustling with shoppers from all strata.
Thousands of people are purchasing their favourite items with much enthusiasm. With attraction of eye-catching colour and design of various clothes, large number of people irrespective of age and sex, are humming towards the showrooms to collect their best choice.
Shafiqul Islam, a businessman of RDA Market, said he did not face any untoward situation since the first day of Ramadan. The volume of sale is much higher this year, he added.
Saidul Islam, owner of Laboni Sari Ghar at Rajshahi New Market, said the products particularly salwar-kameez for girls, shoes, saris with embroidery and stone work, punjabi, and shirts produced by local fashion houses are attracting the customers.
The shopping places become jam-packed wearing festive looks daily since noon.
Market sources said prices of the clothes for male, female and children are at satisfactory level than last year.
The Eid shoppers have been rushing mostly to RDA Market, New Market, Sonadighi Silk Market and other markets and shopping malls in the city.