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CELEBRATIONS:Christmas cribs for sale at a shop in Broadway, Ernakulam. —
KOCHI: The festive spirit reached a feverish pitch on Christmas eve in the city on Friday, as Kochiites ventured out to buy last minute gifts and Christmas merchandise.
Bakeries, pastry outlets and hotels also reported an increase in footfalls thanks to the demand for Christmas cakes and the special dishes for the festival.
The Christmas eve dinner offered by the city hotels presented an array of handpicked dishes including roasted turkey, chipolatas, cranberry sauce and suckling pig. The multi-cuisine gourmet spread was priced between Rs. 500 to Rs. 5, 000 for a person in various leading hotels. Besides the traditional Christmas delicacies, the visitors were also offered wine and delicious cakes.
Bakeries and pastry shops also did good business on Christmas eve. Customers picked the regular plum cake, as gifts for their relatives and friends. There was good demand for plum cake varieties like the super rich plum cake and English plum. But representatives of bakery outlets said that there was little demand for royal icing cakes. People also took home butter icing and cream icing cakes on the eve of Christmas.
The meat and fish stalls were among the busy outlets in the city.
Sales of Kuttanadan ducks also went up, as it holds a prime place among the delicacies on offer to mark the special occasion.
Shopping centres and other places reported their busiest day marking the culmination of the festive season. Christmas shoppers visited Broadway to buy a variety of items ranging from attractive stars to Santa Claus hats and masks.
Traders at Broadways said that children wanted to own Santa Claus hats and caps. They said that these items were priced between Rs 10 and Rs 50.
Santa Claus masks, which were sold at Rs. 40 each, had many takers.
The festive season also reported steady sales of readymade cribs and clay figurines of infant Christ and the shepherds. Readymade cribs were priced between Rs. 200 to Rs. 750 while the clay figurines were available as sets in various sizes from Rs. 100 to Rs. 500. Film buffs in the city thronged the cinema halls and multiplexes in the city to watch the festival releases. Hindi movie fans watched the much-hyped ‘Tees Mar Khan' directed by Farah Khan at Sridhar cinema.
Hundreds of movie-goers also watched Kamal Hassan's latest flick ‘Manmadhan Ambu' at Shenoys. Actor-director Lal's ‘Tournament' with fresh faces, and Shafi's ‘Marikondoru Kunjadu' will reach theatres on Saturday.
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