Frantic rush for last-minute shopping in Mapusa market


 Mapusa market, on Sunday evening witnessed a flurry of activity as people were seen in large numbers making last minute Christmas purchases.
Usually Sunday evenings are quite lonely in the market as hardly any shops remain open.
Stalls dealing in Christmas decorative items were seen making brisk business and there was a crowd of people virtually around most of these stalls.
Compared to the last year the price of Christmas items according to some shopkeepers has gone up. Shopkeepers informed that though the prices of Indian items have increased by five per cent, the prices of imported items have gone up by twenty per cent but yet this has  not dampened the spirit of people.
The price of the most sought after Christmas sweet ‘mazipen’ has shot up to `1000 a kg compared to `800 a kg last year. Several  bakeries that sold this sweet attributed this hike to hike in various raw material that used in making this sweet.
Significantly, Indian Reserve Battalion personnel were also seen moving in the Mapusa market keeping a watchful eye on the activities.
Meanwhile, various households were seen giving finishing touches to the crib. At many places ‘public’ cribs are also being put up.
In Siolim, there will be an inter-ward crib competition to keep up the Christmas spirit that coincides with the Church feast. [NT]