Fewer Goats, Dampened Gaiety This Eid
The Times of India Delhi|August 01, 2020
Fewer Goats, Dampened Gaiety This Eid
New Delhi: A day before Eid ul Adha, old Delhi was remarkably free of the festive crowd. Unlike at Eid Ul Fitr during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, there are more leniencies allowed to shoppers now, yet few from the Muslim community ventured out on Friday. And most of those who did went out hoping for last-minute bargain deals with goat sellers.
Mohammad.Ibrar @timesgroup.com

Mohammad Alam, owner of Babu Hotel, a small eatery on Urdu Bazar Road, had managed such a deal. But he bought only two goats instead of the six or seven he usually brought home to be sacrificed on Eid ul Adha every year. “The situation is dire and not many anyway can afford to spend big sums this year,” the 38-year-old explained. “The fear of the coronavirus has prompted many to eschew Eid celebrations.”

Near Meena Bazar, Mohammad Faiz, 14, of Pilibhit, UP, was desperately trying to find buyers for his goats. “We brought over 20 to Delhi, but still have five goats unsold despite my father and I having walked across old Delhi and offering them at a discount,” the youngster said.


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August 01, 2020