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J&K to celebrate Eid ul Adha today

Srinagar, June 16: The Muslim community in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to observe the auspicious festival of Eid-ul-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ or ‘Bakra Eid,’ on Monday. The authorities have made elaborate arrangements to facilitate the holding of large congregational prayers across Eidgahs, mosques, and shrines throughout the region.
Massive Eid gatherings are expected at prominent locations such as Hazratbal Dargah, where Islamic scholars will shed light on the profound significance of Eid-ul-Adha.
According to Islamic teachings, on this Eid, celebrated on the 10th day of the Islamic calendar’s last month, Dhu’l-Hijjah, a spiritual Muslim offers a goat or sheep as a sacrificial animal. One camel or a calf suffices for the vow of seven Muslims.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, markets across Srinagar witnessed a bustling atmosphere as shoppers thronged marketplaces to purchase food items, apparels, toys, bakery items, and confectionery in preparation for the festivities.
People were seen flocking to designated areas for the sale of sacrificial animals in Srinagar. Mutton dealers had procured a large number of sheep and goats for sale, while customers engaged in bargaining to get the best value for their money.
However, mutton dealers have complained of a slump in the market due to various factors that have affected the economy of the state. “There is definitely a slump in the sale of sacrificial animals this time around, as our economy has not recovered from the shocks it has been receiving since 2019,” said a Mutton Dealer. .
Similarly, mutton dealers at Eidgah also reported a downturn in business. “I had bought 204 sheep from Sonamarg, but since last week, I have been able to sell only 100, which is far below my expectation,” said Gulzar Khan, a mutton dealer. “I hope the remaining stock is sold out; otherwise, it means losses for me.”
Despite the slump in sacrificial animal sales, bakery and mutton shops remained crowded throughout the day, with people thronging these outlets to purchase items for Eid celebrations. According to bakers, cakes, pastries, cookies, and biscuits remained in high demand. Some well-known bakery shops in Srinagar had taken orders as long as a month in advance.
The traffic police deployed on Srinagar’s roads had a tough time regulating the flow of vehicles. Volunteers, including boys and girls, assisted them in ensuring smooth movement for commuters. Meanwhile, the authorities, in view of the Eid celebrations, have formulated a comprehensive Traffic Route Plan to facilitate smooth vehicular movement.
As the festive spirit of Eid ul Adha permeates the air, the Muslim community in Jammu and Kashmir eagerly awaits the opportunity to offer prayers, exchange greetings, and partake in the traditional rituals that commemorate the spirit of sacrifice and unity. However, the slump in sacrificial animal sales serves as a reminder of the economic challenges faced by the region, casting a shadow over the celebrations for some.

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