Trader S. Nurissini, 21, displaying traditional clothes available at her store at Jalan Langgar, Alor Star, Kedah. Pix by Sharul Hafiz Zam

ALOR STAR: Preparations for the upcoming Deepavali celebrations has gained momentum among the Indian community here as the Festival of Lights is now less than a week away.

For trader S. Nurissini, 21, who sells traditional Indian clothes at Jalan Langgar here, the festive mood has brought with it more shoppers and more business to her shop.

She said since few days ago many have come to her shop to buy traditional clothes for the celebration.

“The clothes I sell are priced affordably, with prices ranging from RM35 to RM1,500, based on the material.

“Each day I have been able to sell between 30 and 100 pairs of clothes,” she said when met today.

Nurissini said among the clothes she sold were saris, kurtas and lehengas and her customers came from all walks of life.


Deepavali mood picks up in Alor Star as traders offer the latest designs in traditional clothings. Pix by Sharul Hafiz Zam

On her family’s preparation for Deepavali, Nurissini said they will gather at her grandparents’ house in Alor Semadom for the celebration.

She said traditionally her family will be busy preparing food to serve on Deepavali day including tosai and muruku.

“One day before Deepavali we will decorate our house, by drawing a kolam, while on Deepavali day we will attend a morning prayer at nearby temple before continuing with the celebration,” she said.

Nurissini said she hoped this Deepavali will bring joy, prosperity and happiness to all Malaysians.

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