Nation celebrates Eid ul-Adha festival with jubilation and family reunion
ISLAMABAD: While preparing dishes for her two sons and grandchildren, Sakeena Begum cannot help but rejoice at the delicious reunion of her children and family members on Eid al-Adha, which made her happy .
“Normally, phone calls are the only source to get in touch with my children because they work in other cities. Eid is the only time I can see my children […] we are so excited to spend this happy holiday together,” the 58-year-old Lahore resident said. Xinhua.
Eid ul-Adha festivities are in full swing in Pakistan, marked by animal sacrifices, special congregational prayers, shopping sprees, family reunions, splendid parties and charity work.
This year the government has announced a holiday from July 8-12 to celebrate the festival, with Pakistan Railways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cutting fares by up to 30% to allow travelers to meet loved ones.
Begum said she was unable to meet her children and family last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions, overshadowing celebrations of the special occasion.
“I have no words to describe my feelings right now. This year has been full of blessings for me […] Today my yard is filled with many beautiful and colorful flowers,” she said, while pointing to children cheering and playing, wearing an array of different colored dresses.
After months of normality, Pakistan has recently seen a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, with officials advising people to exercise pandemic caution during the Eid festival to curb the spread of the virus.
In light of the recent increase in cases, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) recently issued new guidelines for the public to follow, emphasizing the wearing of face masks, social distancing and the avoiding shaking hands and kissing.
Eid prayers must be held in open spaces under strict Covid-19 protocols, the NCOC said, adding that efforts should be made to encourage mass and online animal sacrifice through organizations public, private and community to control infection.
Eid ul-Adha always sees people splurge on new dresses, gifts and especially sacrificial animals, however, rising inflation and the plight of the national economy have severely affected the purchasing power of the population, because the prices of various basic products are at their lowest. highest levels.
Muhammad Abdullah, a government official in Islamabad, said recent price hikes for petroleum products and electricity have made it difficult for ordinary people to spend extravagantly, even on special occasions like Eid.
“Our family used to buy two goats for sacrifice which cost around 80,000 rupees (about US$400), but now the prices have gone up so much that we can only afford to buy one goat. […] the same goes for other commodities,” Abdullah said. Xinhua.
As Eid ul-Adha shines a light on the spirit of sacrifice and selflessness, a number of wealthy people and charities across the country have remained busy helping those in need.
Talk with XinhuaKhalid Malik, a philanthropist who runs a charity in Rawalpindi, said people should help others facing financial problems on Eid day.
“We are distributing special Eid parcels of new dresses, food and medicine to families hit hard by the high rate of inflation. […] Some of them cannot provide the minimum income necessary for their subsistence. Others have been unable to get back on their feet after losing their jobs due to the pandemic,” Malik said.
“Everyone should maintain the spirit of charity and sharing on this special occasion, because true happiness and joy lies in making other people’s lives easier and better,” he said.