AIZAWL, Dec 23 - It is that time of year again, when Aizawl city’s main road literally turns into a sea of Christmas shoppers.
The city’s spinal road that runs through the main market was today abuzz with people as shoppers made their last minute preparation for the grand Christmas festival.
As December 24 is a Sunday, a worship day for Christians, today is the last day for shopping before this year’s Christmas.
The two-and-a-half-kilometre stretch that runs through the main market – from Zodin Square to Chanmari junction – was out of bound for vehicles to provide free movement for the shoppers.
Aizawl traffic authority has declared the area no vehicle zone two days before Christmas and one more day before New Year, a practice employed since the last five years.
The fast-growing city is congested with vehicles and pedestrians throughout the year, but the Yuletide draws in more people from the rural areas.
It’s the best time of the year for traders too, especially of clothes. “Our sales are minimal throughout the year, but from the first week of December we see significant increase. This is the period when we make real profits,” said a garment shop owner at Millennium Centre, the city’s biggest shopping mall.
At night, Aizawl sparkles with Christmas lights coming up in every strategic point and tall tower, adding to the already glittering household electric lights.
Most of the street decorations in Aizawl are done by youth members of the biggest Church in each locality, mainly the Presbyterian Church, the State’s largest denomination.
Yuletide is also marked with picnics, advance Christmas parties, concerts and charity gifts in Mizoram. Most of the Christian-dominated State observe the Christmas Day in worship and thanksgiving.
The big feast, the integral part of a Christmas in Mizoram, is thrown on December 26. The New Year day is also marked with an equally big community feast.