PESHAWAR: Despite security threats and high inflation, shopping in the provincial metropolis has gained momentum as Eid ul Fitr approaches, with markets getting jam-packed with customers.
A large number of stalls have been set up in different parts of the walled city, where hundreds of people, especially women, can be seen buying bangles, henna, bracelets, rings and other Eid items.
“I came here to buy matching bangles with my Eid dress. Bangles and henna are an essential part of Eid festivities,” said Dr. Uzma, a shopper.
“Women love to wear bangles and adore their hands with henna. It is not only a symbol of fashion but it is also a tradition,” she added.
Wania, a teenager, said her parents had bought earrings and shoes for her. “I am very happy,” she added.
Ayub Jan, a shopkeeper, said, “We have different types of bangles, including kumkum, rashmi, disco and other varieties. Most of the customers prefer to buy disco bangles as they match with their clothes.”
The fervour of Eid has not only raised the sales of bangles and henna, but also greetings cards.
“A large number of people greet others using mobile phones and internet, but I like to buy Eid cards for my friends as they have their own importance and charm,” said Nayab.
Zainab, another shopper, said, “I came here to buy ready-made clothes as my tailor has refused to stitch my clothes because it is too late now.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.