Srinagar : People, particularly children, are still in Eid-ul-Fitr mood on the second day in the Kashmir valley, where newspaper and other media organisations resumed work today after remaining closed for two days in view of the festival. However, majority shops and business establishments remained closed and relatively less number of passenger vehicles were plying roads as people are still in Eid mood. While elders continued to visit the residence of their relatives, exchanging greetings , sweets and gifts, children in colourful dresses continue to throng parks and Mughal gardens on the bank of the Dal Lake.
Large number of families are continuing to visit tourist resorts, particularly Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, Ahrabal, Dudpatheri, Achabal while others are enjoying Rail service. There was extraordinary rush of people to enjoy rail runs. A report from Gulmarg said though there are a large number of outside guests present in the famed ski resort, but since yesterday locals are also in good numbers at ski resort. However, not many locals visited Pahalgam , base camp of the holy Amarnath cave shrine where the 48-day-long annual pilgrimage is in progress since July 2.
Partap Park in the heart of the city, which was recently thrown open for public after its new look, received large number of children since yesterday. Vendors had set up stalls, selling sweats and other eatables. Similar scenes were witnessed in Dr Sir Mohammad Iqbal Park and nearby children park, where children, accompanied by parents and other elders are enjoying julla as weather also remained pleasant. Large number of people were also seen visiting Mughal gardens, including Nishat, Shalimar, Cheshmashahi and Harwan on the bank of the Lake.
Though there was only one-day official holiday in view of the Eid, in the Government offices, majority employees continued to stay away from their respective offices. Meanwhile, not a single newspaper, out of more than 200 English and Urdu newspapers, hit the stand for the second day today in the Kashmir valley, where all media offices remained closed for the two days in view of the Eid-ul-Fitr. In the absence of any local newspapers the famous morning programme” Newspaper headline” based on local urdu, English and Kashmiri newspapers on Radio Kashmir Srinagar and Doordarshan was affected. However, headlines of Jammu based newspapers were transmitted and broadcasted on Radio and DD respectively yesterday and today. Though some of the newspapers updated some news in their internet editions, but people had to remain in touch with outside the world through Internet and national news channels. Even National, Regional and Jammu based newspapers could not be distributed for the past two days as newspaper distributors and hawkers also observed holiday in view of the Eid.