Eid shopping fever grips Khulna City
KHULNA, June 1: With only four days left for the Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, the city has been caught by Eid shopping fever with modern and traditional shopping malls bustling with shoppers from all walks of life.
Thousands of people are seen purchasing items of their own choice with huge enthusiasm despite significant rise in prices of all kinds of clothes than the last year.
Shop owners told the Daily Observer that sales were showing an upward trend since last couple of days as people especially private and public service holders have already received their Eid bonuses.
Salesmen of different markets, footpaths and makeshift sales centres are passing busy time from morning to midnight as people of all ages gathered there to buy their dresses and other items to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, sources added.
Shopping in the New Market, Nixon Market and all shopping malls has gained momentum as Eid of Khulna people is interlinked with varieties of Indian and Bangladeshi dresses.
Different Indian clothes, Bangladeshi silk, muslin, Jamdani, Tangail, Mirpuri Katan and traditional saris are on tremendous demand in the Eid markets of the city. The moneyed people are rushing to the city's KDA New market and different showrooms every day.
Market sources said the overall selling is much higher this year because of further improvement in the economic condition of people of all classes.
Businessmen, market association leaders and shoppers highly appreciated the government initiatives for creating favourable trade atmosphere during Ramadan and said they had been doing good business in a secured and safe environment.
Deployment of huge police personnel at different strategic city-points and market places, intensive surveillance work by the police and engagement of private security men at shopping malls by the authority concerned have ultimately created a full-proof security arrangement for businessmen as well as shoppers.
"We are doing our business very well this year as people seem to be relieved from the sense of insecurity. Even as a businessman, I have not faced any untoward situation relating to law and order from the first week of Ramadan," said Md Alif, joint secretary of KDA New Market Association and owner of 'Aponjona', a sari and three-piece shop.
He said people with their family members are coming for shopping this year even at midnight due to improved law and order. The volume of sale is much higher this year, he added.
M A Kafi, secretary of Market Owners Association of Khulna, said local products particularly salwar-kameez sets for girls, shoes, saris with embroidery and stone work, panjabis, shirts and trousers produced by different local fashion houses are attracting the customers.
Buyers as well as shoppers said dresses like salwar-kameez, panjabi, sari and other dresses made for children by fashion houses, using the local fabrics and materials, are getting more preferences of the fashion lovers.