With the holy Eid-ul-Fitr approaching nearer, shoppers are in a rush to shopping malls, centres and roadside shops in the capital and elsewhere in the country to buy Eid attires.
Cloth shops were crowded with shoppers on Friday. They are busy buying clothes and other lifestyle items in the last-moment shopping.During a visit to cloth shops here, there were crowds of shoppers at Bashundhara City Shopping Complex, New Market, Elephant Road, Gulistan, Mouchak and Moghbazar in the capital.
The shoppers are in a rush to the markets across the country to purchase dresses and other items for their family members.
As the largest religious festival is nearing and most of the people have to leave the capital for village homes, so today is the best day to finish Eid shopping, shoppers said.
Female shoppers were buying dresses, bangles, earrings and other items, while male shoppers looked for Punjabi, tupi (prayer caps) and other products.
Leena Ahmed, a government employee, was moving swiftly from shop to shop at Bashundhara City Shopping Complex to get her dresses of her choice.
“Actually I’ve bought dresses for my family members, but couldn’t get enough time to buy for myself. Now, I’m looking for dresses and jewelry for me,” she added.Traders said although a part of city-dwellers left the capital, the last-minute shopping has increased.
“Sales are at peak during the last couple of days and hope to continue till the last night before Eid.
Panjabis and salwar-kameez and trendy dresses are in high demand,” said a manager of a clothing outlet in Bashundhara City.
At the same time, makeshift shops on footpaths and open spaces are also doing brisk business at the last moment, as the low-income and poor people are crowding there, shopping items at cheap rates amid the Eid shopping frenzy.
These makeshift stalls are the hotspots for cheap jeans and pants, shirts, t-shirts, panjabis, trousers, footwear, belts, caps, lungis, children clothes, girls’ attires, cosmetics and toys.
“I’ll go home on Monday. Thus, I’m buying dresses and other items for my family staying at village,” said Salahuddin, a worker at a garment factory.