Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bazaar Adds Richness To Ramadan

The market in Shadman, Lahore, Pakistan
Story and Photos by Arooj Khalid
Junior Reporter
LAHORE, Pakistan – The Ramadan bazaar is full of life, with people gathering to buy and sell a wide range of foods during the holy month.
Considering the almost pitiable condition of the middle and lower class families of
Spices
Punjab, the government here has set up cheap Ramadan bazaars around the province.   
These are markets that sell goods like fruit, vegetables, meat, drinks, oil and other things of good quality, but at low prices.
Due to the present economic condition of the whole country, the poor, of course, cannot afford much.
Dates
During Ramadan, every Muslim tries his best to arrange tasty and gourmet meals for the iftar, the sunset meal that breaks the fast, for himself and his family.
This step of the government makes it very easy for everyone – poor or rich – to have a good iftar after the long and hot day of fasting.
Fruit
There are stalls for almost everything anyone can think of. Sugar, flour, fruit, vegetables, soft drinks, juices, meat, spices, oil and more can be easily obtained by the public.
The government is praised for this by all the people.
Soft drinks and juice
The bazaars are well maintained. The system of cleanliness and drainage in case of rain – something that is quite likely to happen every day due to the monsoons – is perfect.
Although these arrangements have been made so that no one has any need to complain, a committee has even been set up to listen to people who have complaints.
Meat
The only problem the public might face, at some times, is traffic. The district government solved that, too, by not allowing vehicles to enter the market, and giving them an alternate way to go.
Buying and selling
This way, the traffic does not block the bazaar, people can shop easily, and the people driving in traffic also face no difficulty.
Ramadan in Lahore is even more enjoyable because of the wonderful bazaar.


Here are more pictures are from the market in Shadman, Lahore, Pakistan, all taken by Arooj Khalid:

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