PRAYAGRAJ: With Christmas just days away, markets in Sangam city have plunged into festive mood. Items like masks and dresses of Santa Claus to Christmas tree and toys and other decorative items are selling like hot cakes.
Locals are making most of the time by shopping for Christmas tree toppings and other decorative items from different stalls that have come up at various busy crossings of the city.

Yuletide spirit cheers city markets

Be it the footpath of Civil Lines or the main market of Katra, Chowk and that of several localities, roadside vendors have several items in the offing. But what awaits believers on Christmas eve are the serene and solemn midnight services conducted by various churches in the city that have been decked up beautifully. A visit to the Chowk and Civil Lines market revealed that decorative items along with designer cakes are turning out to be the key attractions for visitors thronging the shops.
Toys and greeting cards are also among the most sought-after items among people of different ages. For most, preparation had begun by mid-December for the festive season comprising Christmas and New Year.
What is more interesting is that locals have been decorating their homes and shops this time with the help of special designers and even bringing decorative materials. Also, the bakery shops of the city are flooded with orders and receiving at least 20-25 calls for special cakes.
“For the past fortnight, my bakery is full of customers as we are the one who bake plum cakes in front of the customers,”,said Mohamad Aslam owners of Bushy Bakery.
Likewise, all the churches of the city, barring All-Saints cathedral, have been decked up with colourful lights hanging from the high parapet.
“Gone are the days when this festival was confined to Christian community alone as now people from all community don’t miss out the chance to take part in the festivities. The colourful lights of the churches or the Christmas fairs give a perfect end to the year-end celebrations,” said assistant professor at United University, Prayagraj, Smita Dikshit.

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