India celebrates Eid-ul-Azha
Markets across the national capital, especially in the walled city in central and north Delhi are decked up and men and women have been doing shopping for the festival of sacrifice.
Eid-ul-Azha commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. Ahead of the festival, Jama Masjid and Meena Bazaar since the last two weeks have seen negotiations among the buyer and sellers of animal for sacrifice.
Goat prices ranged from several thousand to lakhs of rupees in the market depending upon its built, pedigree and physical features.
"We had come to buy a goat for Eid. My son is very excited about it. Once we get one of our choice, we will take it home. It would be bathed tomorrow morning and decked up with flowers. The animal will be sacrificed after offering namaz," says Abdul Sattar, a software professional who had reached the market with his seven-year-old son.
Hundreds of goat sellers from neighboring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan have been camping in these areas since the past two weeks.
According to DCP (North) Madhur Verma, under whose jurisdiction some of the major venues like Idgah and Fatehpuri Masjid where lakhs of devotees will offer 'Eid ki namaz' tomorrow, says that security has been beefed up in the area and all arrangements are in place for a peaceful celebrations.
The sacrifice of animals such as sheep, goat or camel will be done after prayers and the meat will be distributed among family members, neighbors and the poor.