AS Indians prepare for Ponggal, which falls today, earthen pots were snapped up at Little India in Jalan Lahat recently.
Shoppers had the choice to either buy the plain pots or those with colourful designs.
Besides the pots, other essential items for the harvest festival that shoppers bought were sugarcane, milk, brown sugar, firewood, cashew nuts, raisins and Indian traditional sweets.
Wooden spatulas to cook the sweet rice were also in demand.
Ponggal, which is celebrated over three days, is a harvest festival marked by Indians all over the world.
The festival is to mark the auspicious month of Thai in the Tamil calendar.
It is held to mark the harvest of crops and also as a special thanksgiving to God, the sun, the earth and the cow that produces milk.
S. Thiruselvam, 29, a bank staff, said he usually visited his parents house in Taiping.
He said every year, he would buy the necessary items required for Ponggal, especially the pot.
“I work in Ipoh, but annually during the festival, I return to Taiping, and I am usually the one buying the items.
“It is good to buy the decorative pot because it looks more attractive,” he added.
Another customer, N. Vijeikumar, 35, an engineer in Kulim, said he returns to Menglembu every year as his family live there.
He said usually in the mornings he would conduct prayers in his house before going to the temple.
“Later in the evening, I will visit my parents house in Jelapang,” he said, adding that he usually bought pots with designs.
Senior citizen S. Valyamma said she usually bought the plain pots but that this year she opted for the ones with designs.
The 60-year-old from First Garden said besides the pots, she had also bought a spatula, coconuts, milk and other items required to make the sweet rice.
“We usually have a small prayer ceremony in the morning before heading to the temple,” she added.
Viknesmart Cash and Carry trader Susila Dewi, 54, said for the past few days, she had sold more than 100 pots a day.
She said most people would usually do their shopping at the last minute, and many preferred to buy the pots with designs on them.
“Many also bought mango leaves made of paper to tie around the pots,” she added.
Syarikat Senthamarai worker M. Shanthi, 53, said besides the essential items, she also sold wood for people to cook the sweet rice the traditional way.
She said over the past few days they had managed to sell about 500 pots.
“Sugarcane and other items were also snapped up fast for the festival,” she added.