Despite severe cold, the main markets and streets of the city are abuzz with activities as people across the valley are making hectic purchases ahead of the 'Eid-Ul-Adha' festival that falls on this Friday.
On the sacred day, devotees will offer "sacrifice" by slaughtering animals to mark the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim Khaleelullah and transactions worth crores of rupees are expected to take place over the weekend.
Makeshift markets for sale of sacrificial animals, mainly sheep and goats, have been set up at various places in the city including Polo view, Rambagh, Eidgah, Hazuri Bagh, Karan Nagar and Exhibition crossing.
"We are expecting a bumper sale this Eid. I have imported a large number of sheep and goat from various parts of the state as well as from outside," Abdul Rashid Ganaie, a wholesale meat dealer said.
"At least 10 lakh animals will be slaughtered across the valley this weekend," he said though reluctant to disclose his targetted sale.
The animals like sheep and goat costs around Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 though factors like look and grace can fetch a bigger price, he said.
Some dealers have imported camels also as there is a significant demand for the animal from the rich and affluent class of the society, Yasir Ahmad, one such dealer, said.
"A camel easily fetches Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000 on the eve of Eid while on an ordinary day the price will hover just around Rs 20,000 only," he said.