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Eid shopping turns hectic in city

33The shopping spree has reached its peak in the Sylhet  as the city dwellers were flocking to shopping malls on Sunday as the festival of Eid is barely a week away.
Markets and shopping malls have been hit by a heavy rush of customers who are on a buying spree ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the largest religious festivals of Muslims.
Huge crowd was seen at different shopping malls, roadside shops and footpath markets in the capital on Saturday as people from all walks of life were thronging there to make the best out of their shopping spree for celebrating the Eid festivity.
“Most of the shoppers flock to the shopping malls on the weekend ahead of Eid, but rain barred many people from going out for shopping this Friday. So, they are visiting the markets on Saturday,” said Sheak Mokhan Miha, Chirman of Sylhet  Shop Owners Association.
Al Hamra Shopping City, Blue water Shopping City, Sylhet City Centre, Shukria Market, Hasan  Market, Modubon, and Sylhet  Plaza are now humming with buyers.
Of those, the lower-income people were seen gathering for shopping at the Hawkers’ Market which is known as ‘Market for the Poor.’
Eye-catching collections of different kinds of sarees like Jamdani, Muslin Jamdani, Tant, Silk, Tangail Katan Silk, appliqué, stitched and block printed ones are being displayed at the markets of Lama bazar area attracting a good number of customers.
Traffic around the shopping malls on this weekly holiday was terrible and the traffic system towards the shopping malls virtually collapsed from the afternoon.
Salesmen were busy to satisfy customers with their best products while some customers complained about high prices of different items. Roadside vendors were also seen making brisk business ahead of Eid.
Men and boys were seen busy in buying Panjabis, T-shirts and formal shirts from different brand shops including Plus Point, Texmart, Ecstasy, Cats Eye, Lubnan, Yellow, Arong, Anjans, Dorjibari, Westecs, Banglar Mela, Probortana, Sadakalo, Kay Kraft, Deshal, Deshi Dosh, Infinity, Rang, Nitto Upohar and Nagordola.
A salesman at AL Hamra Shopping City told that like previous year, Indian sari and salwar kamiz were dominating this year’s Eid market. “Customers also prefer saris and salwar kamiz named after different popular characters of Indian drama serials,” he said.
People were seen choosing shoes from different shoe outlets, including Bata, Apex, Jennys, Orion and Bay emporium.
Some people were busy in buying jewellery, optical, perfumes, electronics and home decorative items.