Eid-ul-Fitr is the biggest or the most popular festival celebrated during this season, and it is a time when people buy a lot of new things to mark the festivities. The shops in the old city are seeing exceptional sales this year as the shops barely had any visitors in the past two years due to COVID lockdowns.
In fact, it’s not just locals. Shoppers from various parts of Telangana and neighboring states are heading to the market to make purchases as the shops are now open round-the-clock. The traders are happy as the sales are at an all-time high, and since people are shopping late into the night, shares old city traders association president Abid Mohiuddin. Incidentally, shoppers from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka come for Eid shopping here.
One can buy imitation jewelry, gold jewelry, diamonds, pearls, children’s wear, designer sarees, heavily embroidered dresses, burkhas, cutlery, footwear, home decor items, fruits, dates... and the list goes on. One can also pick up some attar (perfume) in keeping with the season’s mood or relish sheer khurma and biryani.
While the market is open till 2 am now, on days preceding Ramzan, the shops will be open till morning. There are many small markets that are famous for different things. For example, there is Osmania Bazaar near Machli Kaman, where one can get crockery, cutlery, and tableware sets. At Shehran market, one can lay hands on a wide variety of burkhas, and in New Laad Bazaar and Khilawat, one can shop for ladies’ readymade apparel.
Gulzar Houz is famous for jewelry, Patel market for sarees, Devan Devdi for kids’ wear, Laad Bazaar for bangles, and Madina Building for footwear, especially Kolhapuri and Salim Shahi footwear. Laad Bazaar is also enjoying its past glory as, during the past two years, people wouldn’t shop for bangles for fear of contracting COVID, as they are touched by all.
Haleem is obviously available throughout the season, and the stalls also offer Patthar ka gosht, kebabs, masala gosht, and other delicacies. One can also try out yummy Falooda and lassi.
Ramzan is expected to be celebrated on May 3, though it all depends on the sighting of the new moon.