Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner and people rush to cattle market (Cow mandi) to purchase animals to sacrifice them on Eid day. People not only go to the markets to buy animals, but they also go to enjoy Eid festivities.
Karachi hosts Asia’s biggest cattle market every year. Thousands of sellers gather under one roof to sell cows, camels, goats, and sheep to people. However, cow mandis in other areas of Pakistan are also organized at both small and large scales. Visiting mandis, seeing beautiful animals, and purchasing them for Eid-ul-Azha has become a tradition.
However, Eid-ul-Azha will not be the same this year than what we enjoyed before. Coronavirus pandemic prevails in Pakistan; people are allowed to go out only if they follow precautionary measures. Gathering of a large group of people is also banned. Lockdown has been imposed in Pakistan to avoid the spread of the contagious infection.
Markets were opened in Ramadan before Eid-ul-Fitr, but record increase in Covid-19 cases was seen.
Authorities as well as common people are concerned about the risk of an increase in more cases this Eid. Cow mandis cannot be closed, as it will be hard for people to purchase the animal. Therefore, mandis are opened.
However, visitors have to follow SOPs so they may not catch the virus.
What precautions should be followed?
Every problem has a definite solution! You can enjoy going to Cow mandi while considering certain precautions.
- Try to go with a limited number of people. Although it will be difficult to carry the animal in a vehicle, a few people should try to manage the situation.
- Do not forget to wear masks and hand gloves so you may have less contact with germs.
- Avoid spending much time at Mandi. Once you get your desired animal, leave immediately!
- Try to wear light-colored clothes with full sleeves.
- Above all, do not forget to disinfect yourself after returning from mandi by taking a bath or using a disinfectant. Once you return, avoid meeting people before disinfecting yourself.