A joyous atmosphere prevailed in most of the recreational places across the city with families moving out for a ‘tafree’(picnic). After observing fast for a month, the ‘Id’ extended an opportunity for families to hold get-togethers.
The age-old picnic spot, Nehru Zoological Park, was brimming with people. Many families preferred to meet here instead of heading to houses of relatives. “Our family is very large with six brothers and three sisters, so instead of going to everyone’s house, we assemble at the zoological park and have lunch,” says a visitor from old city. The mouth-watering Ramzan delicacy ‘sheer-khurma’, was an integral part of parcels carried by people here.
Crowds were also present in good numbers at the Golconda fort and Qutb Shahi tombs. Apart from families, groups of children too took an opportunity to visit the premises and indulge in games, after all the ‘idi’ (money gift) they had got. A few families held ‘Id get-togethers’ by hiring function halls or at farm houses on city outskirts.
“This is a good alternative to going around and meeting people, now all the family members come to one place and exchange Id greetings,” says Sohail Hassani, who attended one such event at a function hall at Malakpet.
Necklace Road and other popular parks around the stretch too witnessed a lot of rush with many families visiting these recreational facilities.
Movie buffs lined up at the theatres across the city. Most of the theatres in old city put up house-full boards within minutes of opening their ticket counters.
In fact, people waited to get movie tickets for subsequent shows in a few theatres in old city. It was no different scene in theatres at Kachiguda and Abids.