With Eidul Azha around the corner, Muslims all over the world have started preparations for this day.
This Eid is enjoyed by animal lovers and meat-eaters who start preparation well in advance.
The neighborhood comes to life with people bringing their sacrificial animals, arranging tents, and rushing off to buy fodder and spanking accessories to adorn their animals.
Children are especially found walking animals at all odd times perhaps more walk than the poor animals need comparing whose animal is better.With the ongoing rains throughout Pakistan, special arrangements are being carried out to keep the animals safe in waterproof tents.
One of the most important tasks is to find a skilled butcher, ‘qasai’ to carry out the sacrifice ‘qurbani’ on the big day also known as Bakra Eid.
Do and donts of choosing a good Qasai
Finding a good ‘Qasai’ who will sacrifice your animal making the desired cuts for chops etc is however not as easy as it seems.
Being a season where they make money many ‘seasonal butchers’ are around who claim they know their jobs but very often but if they don’t you could end up with a lot of problems with meat not cut properly and with women folk at home complaining.
“It is better to pre-book your neighborhood butcher” according to Mr. Maqsood who actively participates in sacrificing several animals each year.
Just like everything else the rates for carrying out Qurbani this year have also gone up drastically. Speaking to our neighborhood butcher Qureshi bhai, we discovered that all three days of Eid have different rates for Qurbani.The rate for Sacrificing a cow start at 12 thousand going up to 25 thousand depending on the size of the animal while the sacrificial rate for goats starts at 7 thousand rupees.
With ‘Bari Eid’ a day away let’s not forget the eid spirit, eid is not only about sacrificing animals, it is about making time for each other, reunions and family get-togethers, and counting our blessings.
For now, that is all I see leading up to this Eid’s celebration, humbled and have immense gratitude for having family around, a reminder that though so many of us have been affected during the pandemic yet we get a chance to celebrate yet another occasion of Eid.