Kuala Lumpur, Oct.11 : Deepavali may still be two weeks away, but the city's Little India districts of Brickfields and Jalan Masjid India are already buzzing with the holiday spirit.
According to the New Strait Times, colors, sounds and smells are already infusing these areas with festive fervor, and sidewalks are already crammed with Indian traders setting up stalls overflowing with Deepavali products.
Textile shop owners are doing a brisk business and some have even fanned out onto the streets to cater to Indians on the hunt for material for the perfect Festival of Lights outfit.
But while many traders are enjoying a bumper year, others are reeling from the recent hike in prices, which have negatively affected their bottom lines.
The increase in trading activity has inevitably led to gridlock in some areas, with traffic and parking continuing to be a problem in Brickfields. Irresponsible traders are now taking up more space than usual, causing two-lane roads to become one.