As we all know Eid ul Adha is about to come with its full swings, so the enthusiasm of Pakistanis is also on a nick peak to welcome this festival and its accessories.
Even though the Eid is celebrated by the Muslims all over the world in the remembrance of prophet Ibrahim, but the way Pakistanis celebrate it is difficult to find somewhere else. The spirit of youngsters, children, women, and elders start to peak as the Eid come down closer. The tradition of purchasing sacrificial animals and taking their care in Pakistan is rare anywhere else, and surely something that makes us unique from rest of the world.
I split many events into some stages. Many of us usually go through these stages during Eid season.
Frequent Mandi Visits:
People often made several visits to Mandi (Cattle Market) before making a final decision about purchasing sacrificial animals. The visits are also intended to get proper know-how about the cattle rates. But that is not the only case. A large number of people visits Mandi just to have fun or to see the world famous Pakistani VIP cattle products.
Here is the glimpse of some VIP products from various cattle farms.
The final Visit:
Eventually, the time comes when you purchased your sacrificial animal after a lot of untiring effort. Indeed, this is the happiest moment for you as it is one of the most difficult tasks to get your favorite animal within your affordable range. It requires a lot of effort and yes, a lot of luck as well.
The cattle are specially decorated to give off a splendid, extravagant look to the animal, with colored ornaments fastened around their mouths. It is one of the old traditions to decorate sacrificial animals. The jewelry adds colors to the beauty of the animal. Some sellers decorate their animals with bloated jewelry to attract customers.
The journey from Mandi to home:
Finally, if you’ve succeeded to purchase a bull or calf. They journey from Mandi to home is no way less than the final walk of any conqueror towards his empire. The owner proudly mounts up on the Suzuki (a truck used to carry cows and goats from Mandi to buyer’s home). That is the time when he has to answer many, who keeps on asking “Kitny ka liya?” (how much it cost?) through out the journey.
The Arrival :
The moment Suzuki entered your street, you’d start feeling like as you’ve come back after conquering Kashmir. The people nearby start to gather around, lots of children and teens will surround your sacrificial one and welcomes it in a horrific way by a hubbub of excitement and discussions.
Passionate look after:
People are usually very conscious about their animals. They don’t wish to leave any stone unturned for the comfort of their sacrificial animal, from providing them balance diet to keeping them healthy and active for the Eid day, each and everything will be considered as the duty of owner.
People also take walks with their enormous and adorable animals on the streets, the sense of pride they carry with the rope of their bull is something priceless for them.
*being a bit sarcastic*
And yes, last but not least, the never ending selfies trend of teens with their beloved animals has also become a mandatory part of Eid season.
Night waking with sacrificial Animals:
It’s a common practice of young boys to wake till late night while taking care of their animal. In winter nights, guys also arrange bonfire to keep the environment warm, so that the animals won’t feel cold.
The Eid Day
The Eid day comes with the mixed feelings. The happiness of fulfilling the obligation to the God, and the sadness of losing your beloved sacrificial animal. But this is what the true essence of Eid-ul-Adha, to sacrifice your beloved one in the obedience of God.
Wait for Butcher:
A lot of people in big cities pre-booked butchers to slaught Animals. However, in villages, people do this themselves.
After Eid prayer, the next stage is getting butcher on time. As the most golden season of the year for them, butchers usually demand high prices on Eid. Some people turn ‘seasonal butchers’ after looking the high demand of the profession on the occasion of Eid.
So if you get a professional Butcher on time on the first day of Eid, you’ll be a lucky chap.
Mandatory Kaleeji Breakfast:
The Kaleeji (Liver cubes) breakfast is the part of sub continental traditions on the Eid day.
Giving to the deserving ones:
Eid-ul-Adha is all about taking care of poor, to spread happiness around through feeding hungry people, to donate those who can’t afford meat throughout the year.
People give away a part of the meat of their sacrificial animal to the deserving ones and relatives. Many NGOs throughout the country with thousands of volunteers also work hard to assure that nobody left apart from the happiness of festival.
The Paaya lunch:
The Paya lunch is also a significant part of the Eid day. Paya (trotters) is a traditional South Asian dish. It is also served at various festivals and treated to special guests and people who get together.
Bar BQ Night:
After the tiring efforts all the day, from managing slaughtering phase to distributing among the deserving ones, people gather with their family and friends at evening. For relaxation, Many people arrange bar BQ as a dinner to enjoy the festival with their beloved ones.