Please don't swipe their livelihoodsMakara Shankranthi festival falls on Jan 14-15. Many of us would be shopping for pooja materials and items used specifically for this festival.
Now a days, supermarkets have shelves of flowers, jaggery, coconut, sugarcane, mango leaves, small banana plants and white pumpkins in huge quantities for almost every festival. Last Diwali, we've seen even a cracker stall in the a supermarket.
Traditionally we have villagers, farmers and local Kirana shop keepers getting all this for us. For us it's a matter of few hundred rupees only but for the small vendors and poor farmers coming to the local markets, it's a matter of their livelihoods and a little but much needed money for their families.
So, friends, a sincere request, this festival support the local sellers and farmers, you may need some cash in hand but it is far better than swiping your card at a supermarket and indirectly swiping off the meager earnings of a poor farmer.