LAHORE - Huge rush was seen in the flower shops of the provincial capital on Eidul Azha. The sweets and flower sellers in the City illuminated their shops to attract buyers. People buy flowers to decorate the sacrificial animals as well.Majority of the people exchange sweets as gifts as well as bouquets with their loved ones and serve dessert to the guests on this occasion.The prices of flowers of various varieties have increased considerably and in certain cases the shopkeepers and vendors have shown less enthusiasm because they think that on Eid day the commodity will be sold at even steeper prices than the present ones. Owing to increasing demand of variety of flowers on the eve of Eid, the flower shops across the City have increased prices, especially those at The Mall and in posh localities taking plea that extra purchase has widened demand and supply gap that caused surge in prices at the wholesale flower market near Campus Bridge and Saggian Bridge. The flower shops at The Mall, Model Town Link Road, DHA, Shadman, Main Boulevard and Liberty Market Gulberg are selling bouquets and garlands at almost double the price than the one about a week back. The price of flowers will further increase as a large scale purchase of bouquets, garlands and rose petals on the day of Eid to greet friends and family friends and for lying floral wreaths and showering rose petals at graves of loved ones is likely to further widen the demand and supply gap that can cause more increase in the prices of flowers. In addition to sale of bouquets and garlands, the vendors are minting good money by selling garlands to motorists and motorcyclists at important road crossings. These vendors are selling garlands previously sold at Rs 10 to Rs 15 at steeper price of Rs 25 to Rs 30. In addition to the crossings, the vendors are also seen selling garlands at important entry and exit points, especially at Ravi Toll Plaza and Saggian Bridge. They have also increased the price of garlands in the same proportions. The youths were seen showing keen interest in purchasing garlands for greeting friends on Eid day. Government employees and those working in private sector will visit houses of bosses for greeting Eid with bouquets and cakes. This practice, being witnessed twice in the year on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, will again cause considerable increase in the sale of bouquets at flower shops. Increase in prices of flowers at this stage is quite logical. Extra purchase at flower market has caused increase in wholesale price that is shifted to end users.