Eid in Pakistan
September 12 to 14th will mark the official celebration of Eid-ul-Azha(Adha) in Pakistan for 2016. This is the second Eid, with the Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated to end the fasting month of Ramadan. It is also known as the ‘sacrifice feast’ or ‘festival of sacrifice’
During Eid-ul-Azha, Muslims sacrifice animals including cows, goats, sheep and camels according to their financial status and purchasing power on any of the three days of Eid. The first day of Eid is traditionally the main day for the sacrifice, but this can occur on any of the three days, but after breakfast on day one is the most common and popular.
‘This festival commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s (A.S) act of sacrificing his son. He was instructed by Allah in a dream to raise the foundations of Kaaba. Following Allah’s orders, the prophet left for Makkah along with his wife and son. In a dream, he saw that he had sacrificed his son, Ismail (A.S) for Allah.
When Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) narrated this to his son, he asked his father to do the needful and was willing to sacrifice his life for Allah’s sake. But just when he was about to sacrifice Hazrat Ismail, Allah spared his life and replaced him with a lamb, which Hazrat Ibrahim eventually sacrificed’. (source www.dunyanews.tv Pakistan).
During the lead up to Eid the streets are lined with posters, banners and advertisements
for all types of livestock and the roadside markets are full of live animals for sale, usually in the weeks leading up to Eid, where the family takes care of it before the sacrifice occurs. It has not been uncommon to observe camels being dragged through the streets on their way ‘home’ or goats and sheep being carried on the back of motorbikes, in addition to the countless trucks, cars and lorries full of cows, sheep or goats.
The tradition states that the sacrifice is done and the beast is distributed in three parts – one to the family directly, one for the relatives of close family and the final third to the needy or the under-privileged, so it is a great time of sharing within the community.
The Eid period is a boom for the entrepreneurial locals who farm such animals with prices skyrocketing during the period.Houses around the neighbourhood (including ours) have an array of animals in the yard in the lead up to the event, where they are slaughtered on the property according to the Muslim methods, then distributed, so come Eid the streets will be a sea of red! You can even choose to buy and have slaughtered online (http://www.bakraonline.pk/) if you don’t wish to have this done at home, or can have it done for family members from abroad and the product available for pick up.
According to one online site you can buy the following:
Bakra (goat) from 27- 41,000 Rps ($334-507)
Dumba (sheep) fromm 30-55,000 Rps ($371-680)
Cow from 90-180,000 Rps ($1113-2226)
Camel 120-220,000 Rps ($1484-2721)
Eid is an extremely important part of not only the Pakistani, but the Muslim community and way of life, and as an Aussie in Lahore, it is certainly very different, but also quite interesting to see, and learn about the customs associated with it…
Aussie in Lahore
For those who wish to see the sacrifice of a camel in Pakistan at Eid, check out the video below…it is graphic and may upset some people.