By: Sameer Lone
Srinagar: The markets across Kashmir have witnessed a good rush with shoppers busy in purchasing their items of choice for the Eid, being celebrated today (May 3). While children have been seen scanning markets to find their toys of choice and girls applying varied designs of Mehndi to beauty their hands, the elderly at the same time have purchased mutton worth Rs 100 Crore to feed their families.
After a 30-day holy month of Ramadan has ended today, Muslims across Kashmir are set to celebrate the Eid festival on May 03 (today) and they will consume mutton worth Rs 100 crore.
People affiliated with the trade said that nearly 650 trucks carrying over 97000 sheep reached Kashmir valley in the last one week.
According to Manzoor Ahmad President of All Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Association (AKWMDA), 650 trucks of sheep arrived in Kashmir in the past week.
Around 97,000-99000 sheep were brought from outside markets to Kashmir on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Ahmad said.
However, the mutton sellers said the rates in the outside markets are high as compared to the rates issued by the government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ahmad said the demand for meat this year remained was comparatively less than the previous years.
Interestingly, the markets this year also didn’t witness the rush as seen in the previous years.
The crescent moon was not sighted anywhere in Kashmir last evening and thus the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow (Tuesday) across Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir Grand Mufti, Nasir-ul-Islam said.