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the spirit of sacrifice EID-AL-ADHA IS NOT A RACE TO BUY THE MOST EXPENSIVE ANIMAL FOR SACRIFICE BUT IT IS A DAY THAT STANDS FOR THE WILLINGNESS TO LET GO AND FOLLOW THE ALMIGHTY’S COMMAND

words NASRIN MODAK-SIDDIQI

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Just as the delirium of Ramzaan winds down, the preparations for the next Eid get queued up. The frenzied bazaars provide a rich taste of the festive atmosphere - a rush to the tailors to stitch new clothes; that mad hunt to find matching accessories to go with the dress; new curtains and cushions to complement the fresh coat of paint at home; young girls scouting for trending designs and the darkest hue of mehendi cones; ladies discussing how to do justice to the upcoming freezer full of meats and sharing recipes of mutton, kalejis and botis – all of it make for a happy, cheerful portrait. Celebrated two months and ten days post Eid-al-Fitr (Ramzaan Eid), Eid-alAdha or Bakri Eid as they love to call it in India also sets forth a competitive race to shop for the perfect goat or two. Days before the festival, makeshift bakra mandis are set up. These cramped markets aren’t always a pretty sight and are definitely not for the faint-hearted but if you dare to make a trip here, you could end up sighting some very interesting breeds of goat and sheep. Several large ones, some limp too, some white, black, brown and some spotted ones in various

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breeds including barbari jamunapari and desi are found here. Many of them are dyed and often over-accessorised with shiny decorates and colourful antennas, making for a good photo op. While a decent goat could cost around `10,000 (AED 600), the rate for certain breeds can be over a lakh but prices never prove to be a dampener; the mandis are always full. It’s just that, amidst all the chaos, choosing the right animal could take an entire day. Back home, the rest of the family waits anxiously and sets the stage to welcome the new member. The moment the vehicle with the animal arrives, everyone including the neighbours go crazy to be the first ones to catch a single glimpse of the creature and give their comments about its health, price and size. It’s interesting to see how the owner and his entourage then roam around the neighbourhood holding the rope attached to the animal, flaunting their latest buy only until a bigger and more expensive animal arrives in the area and comparisons are drawn. In the days preceding Eid, children are busy feeding, grazing and bathing these

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