Staff Reporter

KANNUR: The spirit of Onam has taken over. Fairs, exhibitions, “season’s sales” – all with attractive discounts -- give the town a festive ambience.

Cultural programmes, set to begin on Thursday, will add to the gaiety of occasion.

The Town Square and its surrounding places, including the Police Maidan, are the prime destinations of Onam shoppers.

A handloom fair being held at the Police Maidan by the Handloom Weavers Cooperative Societies has been drawing huge crowds. Predictable, since the fair offers 30 per cent rebate and gift coupons.

Among the items that are in great demand at the exhibitions are saris, ‘set mundu’, shirts, dhotis, lungies and bed sheets.

Most of the 44 stalls at the fair are doing good business. Exhibition organisers exude confidence that turnover would reach Rs. 3 crore as against Rs.2.14 crore last Onam.

Diversity of handloom products available this year is attracting more customers, they say.

Fare at fair

The Integrated Rural Development Projects/Kudumbasree fair that began at the Town Hall on Tuesday too is a crowd-puller. The products made by IRDP and Kudumbasree beneficiaries are displayed here. They range from apparels, footwear, honey and pickles to earthen pots and baskets. The ‘mela’ will be on till August 25.

The organisers say that products worth Rs.35 lakh were brought to the venue by the participating units.

Cultural events

Shops selling electronic items and home gadgets too are witnessing record sale, as are textile shops. Street vendors too are doing brisk sales.

Price of flowers is expected to increase once demand goes up when ‘Pookkalam’ preparations start. Cultural programmes in the next three days include competitions in ‘Pookkalam’ arrangement and ghazal programmes.