Pakistanis gear up for Eidul Azha festivities

Published September 23, 2015
A sacrificial bull decorated for sale stands at its feed trough at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, September 22, 2015. — Reuters
A sacrificial bull decorated for sale stands at its feed trough at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, September 22, 2015. — Reuters
A boy poses with his sheep at an animal market in Islamabad. ─ Reuters
A boy poses with his sheep at an animal market in Islamabad. ─ Reuters
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Goats for sacrifice are being selling on a footpath located in 
Pakistan Chowk area, on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead in Karachi. — PPI
Goats for sacrifice are being selling on a footpath located in Pakistan Chowk area, on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead in Karachi. — PPI
A sacrificial camel gets a haircut with patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A sacrificial camel gets a haircut with patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Motorist holding a sacrificial camel for Eidul Azha. — PPI
Motorist holding a sacrificial camel for Eidul Azha. — PPI
A man sharpens knives to be sold ahead of the Eidul Azha festival in Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives to be sold ahead of the Eidul Azha festival in Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives at his shop to sell to customers 
for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha. — PPI
A man sharpens knives at his shop to sell to customers for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha. — PPI
Men look at sacrificial sheep decorated for sale at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Men look at sacrificial sheep decorated for sale at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A seller waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller waits for customers at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller weighs a goat for a customer at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A seller weighs a goat for a customer at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Islamabad. — AFP
A man takes a decorated sacrificial sheep to his home after buying it in a local market in Peshawar. — Reuters
A man takes a decorated sacrificial sheep to his home after buying it in a local market in Peshawar. — Reuters
A  vendor escorts cattle at a market set up for the Eidul Azha in Karachi. — AP
A vendor escorts cattle at a market set up for the Eidul Azha in Karachi. — AP
Children escort their animals bought ahead of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Children escort their animals bought ahead of Eidul Azha in Rawalpindi. — AP
Youth lead a cow through the streets of Rawalpindi. — AFP
Youth lead a cow through the streets of Rawalpindi. — AFP
Animals displayed at a cattle farm placed as Asia's largest 
animal market located in Hyderabad. — PPI
Animals displayed at a cattle farm placed as Asia's largest animal market located in Hyderabad. — PPI
A sacrificial camel is dyed with henna after a haircut produced patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A sacrificial camel is dyed with henna after a haircut produced patterns at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A cow being shown off at a cattle market in Hyderabad. — PPI
A cow being shown off at a cattle market in Hyderabad. — PPI
Decorated sacrificial camels are seen at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
Decorated sacrificial camels are seen at the animal market on the outskirts of Karachi. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha in Hyderabad. ─ Reuters
A man sharpens knives for the slaughter of livestock on the occasion of Eidul Azha in Hyderabad. ─ Reuters
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
View of a cattle market setup at Latifabad in Hyderabad. — PPI
View of a cattle market setup at Latifabad in Hyderabad. — PPI
A man transports sheep ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A man transports sheep ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A man sharpens knives at his shop for selling to customers 
to cut animals on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead, in Hyderabad. — PPI
A man sharpens knives at his shop for selling to customers to cut animals on the occasion of Eidul Azha coming ahead, in Hyderabad. — PPI
Muslims hold a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
Muslims hold a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Peshawar. — AP
A vendor sharpens a knife for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eidul Azha in Peshawar. — AP
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
A seller checks his goats at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A seller checks his goats at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift 
sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
Sacrificial animals wait for their buyers at a make-shift sacrificial animals market established for the upcoming festival Eidul Azha, in Gujranwala. — PPI
A seller shows the teeth of a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP
A seller shows the teeth of a cow at a livestock market ahead of the sacrificial Eidul Azha festival in Quetta. — AFP

Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the annual festival of Eidul Azha or the Festival of Sacrifice which marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Muslims slaughter goats, sheep, cows and camels, following the example of Prophet Ibrahim who sacrificed his son in a show of obedience to Allah.

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