The intensity of Eid shopping in the city markets eased on Friday as a huge number of Dhaka city dwellers started to leave the city from the previous day for their countryside homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals for the Muslims, with their near and dear ones.
It was seen that in different shopping centres in the capital Eid sales decreased compared with those in the previous few days.
Traders said that the majority of Dhaka city residents had already completed their shopping for the upcoming Eid and now a large number of them were leaving the capital for their ancestral homes as only two or three days are left before Eid.
Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country either on June 26 (Monday) or June 27 (Tuesday) subject to sighting of Shawwal moon.
People in the shopping malls were mostly there on Friday to get their last minute shopping done, traders said.
People usually buy sari, salwar kamiz, panjabi, shoes, cosmetics, jewellery, furniture and home decoration items to enjoy Eid.
Faisal Ahmed, a shopkeeper at New Market shopping centre, said that people completed their shopping quite earlier fearing the crowd and they thought that the chances of finding variety of dresses in different colours and sizes dropped with stock reduction before Eid closing.
Shop owners were trying their best to satisfy the customers with the best collections.
According to another trader Rafi Mohammad, a huge rush of customers does not mean huge sales.
Most of the people seen in the shopping malls on Friday were to buy accessories like cosmetics, jewelleries and bags matching their Eid outfits bought earlier.
Heavy rush was also seen at souvenir shops for buying Eid cards and henna.
Hamid Ahsan, a retailer at Eastern Plaza, said that the increasing popularity of online shopping amid its easy accessibility was replacing the traditional way of shopping and slowing down the sales at shopping malls and local markets.
He also claimed that the online sites attracted customers with comparatively lower prices and various offers including discounts and cash-back.
If online shopping continues to facilitate people like this, it might take over the retail stores, he said.
Daraz.com, ajkerdeal.com and online Facebook pages are offering discounts and cash-back offers.
However, most of the people still enjoy shopping in malls ignoring hazards in the city like traffic jam, crowds and rough weather.
Jawad Malik, a resident of Jatrabari in Dhaka, said, ‘I don’t like to do online shopping as I really enjoy shopping in the city malls with my family.’
He said that he came to Bashundhara City complex to purchase suits and shoes for his children.
At Bashundhara City Shopping Mall on Friday, turnout of customers was lower compared with that in the previous few days.
Gulam Ahmed from fashion house Monsoon said that the customers were decreasing as the Eid day was nearing.
Enayetullah, a shopkeeper at Mouchak Market, hoped that sales might increase in the last night before Eid day.
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