SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Muslim shoppers in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir Monday thronged market places across the region to do Eid shopping ahead of main Muslim festival, Eid-ul-Fitr.
The festival marking end of Islamic month of Ramadan -- the holy month of fasting -- is would be celebrated in the region on Tuesday along with India and Pakistan.
Markets in the Muslim majority areas including Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir witnessed an unusual rush of shoppers.
Shoppers including women were seen making beeline at the shops selling mutton, chicken, bakeries, confectioneries and ready made garments.
"This is our major Muslim festival and almost all people purchase various things in anticipation of this festival," Farooq Ahmad, a businessman in Srinagar said. "Since early morning people were seen crowding markets to buy food items and new clothes to celebrate Eid."
The huge rush of vehicles on roads resulted in traffic jams on the city's road. The drivers were seen honking and struggling hard to come out of the traffic mess.
The pavements meant for pedestrians in the market places of Srinagar were occupied by street vendors, who had erected makeshift stalls to sell different items including vegetables, toys, snacks, ready made garments, etc.
Customers were eagerly waiting for their turn outside the city' s well-known bakery and confectionery shops that showcased different varieties of sweets, cakes and pastries.
The ready made clothing showrooms offering discounts on their items also witnessed a huge rush with people purchasing new clothes for the Eid.
Muslims youth and children wear new clothes on the eve of this festival and gather at designated grounds and mosques to offer special prayers.
Reports from major towns and district headquarters also said markets were bustling with shoppers purchasing food stuffs and new clothes.
The people said rates of essentials have gone up partly due to inflation and party due to unregulated prices in the market. The shoppers alleged officials from the government were avoiding market checking to regulate prices.
Muslims across the globe celebrate this festival with lot of enthusiasm. Newspaper reports quoting bank officials said millions of U.S. dollars were withdrawn from Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) of different banks across the region over past few days.
Indian-controlled Kashmir is a Muslim majority region. The local government has announced it would release monthly salary to employees on Monday, three days in advance in view of the Eid festival.
In Arab world and middle-east Eid is being celebrated on Monday. However, the festival is celebrated a day after in India and Pakistan.
Indian-controlled Kashmir has been reeling under conflict and violence since 1989. A guerrilla war is also going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the region.