Get ready! Eid-ul-Azha is at the doorstep
Eid-ul-Azha is just going to occur with a blink of our eyelid. The former minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry has announced that Eid-ul-Azha will take place on 31st July, 2020. The moon for the month of Zil Hajj will be able to be seen by the public on 21st July 2020, in number of cities of Pakistan. Eid-ul-Azha had been expected in the month of August by the public. But before the time came near, the former minister announced about it.
Eid-ul-Fitr has passed a few weeks ago and now Eid-ul-Azha is at the doorstep. Especially, in this situation of increase in the cases of corona virus, the festivals are not bringing happiness but an increased feeling of stress and
disturbance. On the last event of Eid-ul-Fitr, people had been in a tensed situation, they had been missing the last year Eid. Those meet up with relatives, friends, going out, planning a picnic etc. Besides this, this time, the pre preparations of Eid, such as of shopping etc didnot happened in a trendy manner because of the situation of lockdown. People were found addressing that, they felt low and sad at the time of Eid. Moroever, at the time of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Government took some actions against the critical situation of COVID-19.
For the sake of providing people with some relax and distress feeling, they opened markets for a specific time, so that people could enjoy the Eid shopping. SOP were to be strictly followed, but that did not helped out. And due to the cases of corona virus increased in this mean time. Even after Eid-ul-Fitr, government stated that our country can not cope with complete lock down or partial lock down which had been offered before. And then it was decided that, on weekends there would be a complete lockdown, and for week days timings were announced. But educational institutions and restaurants would remain completely closed.
In order to this, the condition of increase in patients of corona virus is visible to everyone. For now the festival of Eid-ul-Azha is about to come. On which the public have to be out of their home. And reach the market in order to buy their animal. The animals which they will sacrifice in order to be the part of the event of Eid-ul-Azha.
And this situation is going to place the government in a new worry, to save the nation from the spread of corona virus and also to ensure the ease for public to celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Azha, in a satisfying manner. More importantly, accomplishing the ritual of sacrificing the animal has to be acknowledged.
Furthermore, if we look in to the current condition of Corona virus, it is spreading like a wild fire. Every day, there is a news about the increase in cases in about thousand of numbers. No area is safe. Death are occurring at a worst rate. Even the whole families are getting infected and are being quarantined. Moreover, the government officials are being tested positive for corona virus. They are getting quarantined inside their homes such as ex prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, Shehbaz Shareef, minister of railway Sheikh Rasheed and many more.
In this severe condition, its going to be a big and difficult task for the government to handle the situation. It has been listened that the government at provincial level is planning a map of the places where the shepherd could be able to sell their animals and the buyers would be able to buy. But the definite spots are not announced by any provincial government yet. Still, yes, it is confirmed that, there would be no multiple spots for this process in any city. Along with this how the event of sacrificing the animals would be offered, no one knows.
Surely, government would give some guidelines under which the event would have to take place. But, this festival is going to bring a mass increase in the cases of corona virus. Let see how the government and public would work along. To save their nation from the spread of corona on this festival. Without the efforts and care of the public of Pakistan, along with the government this spread of COVID-19 can not be stopped. So both are need to be very conscious, at the time of Eid-ul-Azha.
Written by: Mahnoor Ather