Like previous years, this year too Eid-al Adha 2017 was celebrated with religious fervour across India, including Okhla. After getting up early in the morning, the first thing that many residents in Okhla did was to rush to local mosques to offer prayer.
Once free from the prayer obligation, male members got out in hunt of butchers or got involved in sacrificial rituals. There was a huge rush at goat shops across the locality. Moreover, like last year, this time around too trained and untrained butchers from Uttar Pradesh flocked the locality asking residents whether they need their services.
And as the day passed, in the afternoon girls in large number were seen visiting market place. In Batla House and other places in Jamia Nagar, the market places wore festive looks with balloons being sold, children enjoying swing and some youngsters try their hands at street food.
In Batla House, the main market was closed save people sitting on roadside selling leaves for goats as Eid-al Adha is to go on for three days.
Besides, commuting became expensive as Gramin Seva was charging the double fare. Also, a few barber shops that were opened were charging extra and asked for Rs 50 for hair cut usually which is Rs 30, said residents. Only a few public vehicles were plying on the roads.
CAPTION: Batla House wears a festive look
CAPTION: Children enjoy the day
CAPTION: Batla House entry road in tatters
CAPTION: Most shops were closed save a few people selling leaves
CAPTION: Some poor women cleaning dumped animal intestines
CAPTION: Two people trying to make some money on festival day in AFE
CAPTION: Commuting a nightmares as potholes surface again on AFE road after days of rain