Eid-ul-Adha is one of the two major religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world. The three days of Eid-ul-Adha are all about commemorating the spirit of sacrifice, kindness, charity and togetherness. Eid celebrations in Pakistan, as a rule, begin almost 10 days before the occasion. During this time, people visit cattle markets, aka mandis, to buy the sacrificial animals. On the streets and roads, children gather around cows, goats, sheep and camels all day long to feed and walk them.
But this blog isn’t about what we do during this festive season. In this piece, we’ll discuss things to avoid during Eid-ul-Adha, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Few Things To Avoid During Eid-ul-Adha 2021
With Eid-ul-Adha just around the corner, people are heading to famous cattle markets across the country to get the best sacrificial animal at the best possible price. Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan is commonly known as Bari Eid; family gatherings, feasts and barbeques are a huge part of this religious festival.
While people sacrifice their animals to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), some people tend to get in a competition of who can buy the most expensive animal, which destroys the sanctity of this occasion. Below, we’ve pointed out a few things that we all should avoid during this Eid.
Don’t Ignore COVID-19 SOPs
Let’s begin by reminding you and all those around us about the threat of COVID-19 in Pakistan, which is still a pandemic. The chances of the virus spreading more rapidly increase indoors, therefore, while holding family gatherings, please make sure to practise social distancing. This isn’t to say the danger isn’t prevalent outdoors. While visiting cattle markets, make sure you’re not violating SOPs and forgetting your masks.
Although the government has issued guidelines for standard operating procedures (SOPs) to control the spread, we as individuals should do our best to do everything to not get caught up by the virus. The government has asked people to do the following three things if they have to go outside especially to mandis:
- Wear face masks
- Carry a bottle of hand sanitiser
- Practice social distancing
The government has also banned the entry of children and the elderly to the cattle markets since the infection (if caught) can prove to be dangerous for them. There will be separate entry and exit points for people visiting these mandis and hand washing stations have also been established to wash their hands before interacting with anyone outside.
Not To Forget About Less Fortunate People
The true spirit of Eid-ul-Adha is about sacrificing, sharing and caring for those who are less fortunate. These people aren’t just those who are destitute but also those who have means of earning a livelihood but couldn’t afford to buy an animal due to inflation. These could also be your close or distant family members and even your neighbours.
Last year when the pandemic broke out, a lot of people lost their livelihood making it difficult for them to make ends meet. There are a lot of charity organizations working on a large scale too but as individual members of society, we should also not forget about such people. Let this Eid be an event of joy and celebration for them too.
Don’t Dispose Off Waste Of Animals In Streets
Last but not least on our things to avoid this Eid-ul-Azha list is our advice to refrain from disposing animal waste on the streets. People sacrifice their animals and instead of discarding the waste in commercial dustbins or calling the authorities so they can remove it, they simply find it convenient to leave it in the streets or on the road. This can become a huge problem for the residents there since it creates a bad odour in the environment and can also be a cause of different diseases.
The right way to do this is to call the local waste management company officials if there is no commercial waste bin nearby so that they can make sure of its proper disposal. It is our responsibility to keep the streets and roads in our area clean and maintain a healthy environment.
Contact number for Lahore: 1139
Contact number for Karachi District East: 021-35314171, 35314172
Contact number for Karachi District South: 021-32744473, 32744474
The Government of Punjab has also launched an initiative of Khidmat Apke Dehleez Par through which municipal issues will be resolved across the province. The second phase of the programme has already been initiated and from 19th-25th July, cleanliness of mandis and animal waste removal will be ensured.
Khidmat Apke Dehleez Par
The Government of Punjab has been trying to make the province a role model for others, which is why different initiatives by the provincial government have been taken. Among these is the initiative that caters to various municipal issues called “Khidmat Apke Dehleez Par.” Through this programme, the government wants to ensure the timely resolution of the complaints made by the public across the province and all the deputy commissioners in the province have been directed to regularly monitor the performance of officials working on this programme.
Various services being provided under Khidmat Apke Dehleez Par include the removal of wall chalking, fixing street lights, repair of manholes, maintenance of public toilets and removal of waste from streets and roads. For a better system to record the complaints of citizens, speedy action and accountability, the government has also launched a separate smartphone application Khidmat@Dehleez where you can submit complaints, upload pictures and provide feedback.
During the first phase of the project, more than 25,000 complaints were registered and the timely response rate was around 88%. The total number of activities carried across the province was 4.1 million.
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