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In Photos: Kashmiris prepare for Eid al-Adha celebrations; visit markets to buy livestock

06:03 PM Jul 18, 2021 |

In Srinagar, Kashmir, Muslims are looking forward to the festival of Eid-ul-Azha (Bakri-Eid), also known as "Sacrifice Feast". It is marked by sacrificing an animal, usually a sheep or a goat to prove their devotion and love for Allah. After the sacrifice, devotees distribute the offering to family, friends, neighbours, and especially to the poor and the needy.

Bakri-Eid will be observed on July 20 or July 21, depending on the sighting of the moon.

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While Kashmiris are ready to celebrate, sheep and goat sales have gone down this year Srinagar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ashif Mir, a customer said to ANI, "The rates have certainly increased. COVID-19 has severely impacted people's finances and disrupted people's lives. However, from a religious perspective, we shall buy. That's why I came here to take stock of the market rates."

Here's a look at the preparations for Eid-ul-Azha in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Kashmiri livestock vendors display sacrificial sheep at a market ahead of the upcoming festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
A sacrificial animal is being weighed at a livestock market ahead of Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
A child holds a sheep displayed at a market ahead of the upcoming festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Kashmiri men wash their sheeps near a stream ahead of Muslim holy festival Eid-Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) in Srinagar, Kashmir on July, 17, 2021.
A Kashmiri shepherd holds a sacrificial goats at a livestock market ahead of Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Srinagar, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Kashmiri shepherd sells sacrificial sheep in a market ahead of the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on July, 17, 2021.
Sheep are kept for sale at a market ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, in Srinagar, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

(By agencies)

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