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High prices make it a subdued Eid for some

mumbai Updated: Nov 07, 2011 01:46 IST
Nikhil M Ghanekar

The Sheikh residence in Thane is awaiting the festive lunch on Monday with a greater anticipation this Eid. Nazneen Sheikh, the youngest member of family would be cooking her first biryani.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old commerce student was busy collecting cooking tips from elders. "I am excited to be cooking biryani for the first time," she said.

Muslims across the city are preparing for the festival - Eid-ul-Azha or Bakri Eid, which falls on Monday. The festival is marked with a day of prayers and goat sacrifices.

Malad resident Kamruddin Ansari said his non-Muslim friends eagerly wait for the occasion. "The essence of the festival is to give and strengthen bonds," said the 38-year-old. Distributing meat among the poor is a ritual his family dedicatedly follows

For 24-year-old Altaf Shaikh,, it is the small rituals that make the festival special. He will wear a new traditional Pathani, apply ittar (organic perfume) and soorma (kohl) in his eyes. "It is also a good time to spend with family and friends, as I live alone in Pune," Shaikh said.

However, this year's Eid will be low key for some families, as the prices of goats have shot up, owing to the general price rise. "Some of my relatives timed their annual visit to their native village in Azamgarh (UP) to coincide with the festival, as goats are cheaper there," said Kurla resident Naushad Khan.

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and even Tamil Nadu are top goat suppliers to the city.

"The breed from Rajasthan has a lot of buyers as it looks good and children love them. But we also take care to keep children away during the sacrifice as it is disturbing for them and they get attached to the goat quickly," Khan said.

Despite the hike, the Deonar abattoir recorded significant collections.

"We have sold goats worth Rs 65 lakh," said Pramod Dethe, the general manager.