Mumbai : The festival of Eid-ul-Zuha (Bakri Eid) will be celebrated on Wednesday, especially in Muslim dominated areas of the city. The rush at the Deonar market increased on Tuesday night, where people were seen negotiating the price of goats and sheep. Inflation has also hit the prices of sacrificial animals.
This year, a pair of goats are available for Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000. Till last year, a pair of the animal was available for Rs 20,000. But despite the high prices, a heavy rush of buyers was seen at markets.
“The animal should be healthy. We inquire from the goat seller about the health of the animal and also cross-check it. We ensure that the animal does not have injuries on the body and is fit. After this, we negotiate over the prices,” said Nadeem Ansari, while purchasing a pair of goats at Deonar Bakra Mandi.
“Goats are even available for Rs 1 lakh and above. The buying capacity of the person is read by us to understand what variety of goat he wants,” said Mirza Baig, a seller at Bakra Mandi.
Mirza claimed that goats priced at Rs 1.5 lakh and above are also available. Sheep and buffaloes are also being sold.
Joyous festivities are held to mark this event. The sacrificial meat is distributed among friends and poor people. Eid al-Zuha is celebrated on the 10th day of the 12th and the last Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah.
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakri Eid) is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety all over the world.
It is called Id-ul-Zuha in Arabic and Bakri Eid in the Indian subcontinent, because of the tradition of sacrificing a goat or ‘bakra’. The word ‘Eid’ is derived from the Arabic work ‘iwd’ which means festival and zuha comes from ‘uzhaiyya’ which translates to sacrifice. The festival also marks the completion of Haj pilgrimage.