Eid second day: families arrange parties with mouth watering dishes

Eid second day: families arrange parties with mouth watering dishes

ISLAMABAD: The second day of Eid-ul-Azha was also celebrated with great enthusiasm on  Tuesday amid arranging parties with mouth watering dishes and distributing the sacrificial animal meat among the poor and relatives.

Those who could not slaughter their animals on first day  of Eid due to engagement of butchers or some other reasons, would continue the practice on second and third day.

Families and youngsters are arranging special barbecue parties  on rooftops, green lawns and open air places as well other picnic spots, for their friends and family members.

Some of families and youngsters, on second day of Eid-ul-Azha  thronged public parks, open air spaces and hill sides and  arranged barbecue parties that filled the air with the smoked aroma of grilled food.

Barbecue parties are considered to be the perfect way  to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, as meat of different varieties is easily  available to everyone.

This second major festival brings scrumptious  and delicious dishes of meat for food lovers, and almost every  family arranges parties with mouth watering recipes.

A student, Ibrahim Ahmed Bhatti said, “Such parties not  only give us an opportunity to enjoy Eid with loved-ones, but  also give us a chance to taste different types of dishes  made of sacrificial meat.”

“Week-long holidays along with the pleasant weather,  especially in the morning with light rain on Tuesday have  added charm to Eid festivities as I can enjoy delicious meat  dishes with my family and friends,” he said.

“I have a great time when all family members, relatives  and friends enjoy food and gossip on Eid,” said Abdullah Bhatti,  enjoying at a barbecue party.

Eidul Azha comes once a year and the tradition of  sharing meat with neighbours and the needy gives everyone a  chance to store some meat for the coming days to eat and serve  guests.

Eidul Azha also served as a good opportunity for  business for butchers and  knife sharpeners and blacksmiths across the country. In fact professional butchers minted a lot of money on Eid Days and charged heavy amounts from people for sacrificing their animals.

Finding a butcher during Eid is a difficult task so  most people prefer to sacrifice animals themselves to follow   Sunnah and avoid inconvenience.

As Muslims sacrificed animals to perform their religious  obligation, butchers will remain in great demand even on  third day of Eid.

On the eve of Eid, blacksmiths did lucrative business  as the sale of hand-made knives and choppers went high while  people rushed to get their old knives sharpened.

The event of performing `Qurbani’, a Sunnah of the  Holy Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), is a unique way of  distributing meat among relatives, friends and the poor, besides enjoying  scrumptious dishes of sacrificial meat.

A blacksmith in Aabpara market said that knives for  slaughtering animals, taking off their skin and chopping meat, were  prepared days before Eid.

Other utensils used for barbecue were another income opportunity,  as people arranged barbecue parties and family get-togethers  till one week after Eid, he said.

During Eid days, knife sellers also roamed around  on bicycles to sell their products and to sharpen old knives.

Meanwhile, health experts have asked citizens  not to eat too much meat at a time as it can be harmful  for their health, especially during current season. ‑Reuters

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