Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Superstition keeps market closed for 20 days

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Superstition, blind faith are very much part of the personality of a weak minded person. What would you call to a set of society which is having all these superstitions as part of their culture? It is really disappointing that people believing in all such superstitions still exist in this 21st century. What do you think, where all such people can be found? Of course, India.

Take the case of these people of Ahmedabad city in Gujarat state of India. Due to four-generation-old superstition, traders at a busy market in Gujarat's principal city kept their shutters down for 20 days after Holi ( a Hindu festival of colors), incurring a loss of around Indian Rs.50 million ( US $ 1.1 Million).

Among traders in "Laat Bazar" in the city, there is a strong belief that ,whosoever, does business in grains and other such commodities & reopens his shop "First" after the Holi festival break would lose someone in their family and go bankrupt.

So great is the fear that 40 years ago the market remained closed for as long as six months.

'This year the market remained closed till some prominent traders late Friday consulted an astrologer who suggested an auspicious time for reopening of the market.'

At 10 p.m. the traders performed a puja at a temple in the vicinity of the market and all shops were symbolically reopened. Real trading commenced only on Monday.

May God give some strength to these weak minded people!!!!!!!!

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