In the run-up to Eid-ul-Adha, Karachi car-wash owner Sheikh Sagheer sees much of the traffic at his business switch from four wheels to four legs.
Locals bring him their cattle, sheep, and goats for a radical scrub down before the animals’ sacrifice before Eid. Sagheer, 42, said the cow wash started when he was spotted cleaning his sacrificial animal before Eid.
“The people that saw me washing the animal came to me with their own… that’s how this trend started,” Sagheer told AFP.
Many of the animals come from an enormous market on the outskirts of Karachi – reputed to be the most important Eid cattle bazaar in Asia – that’s full of goats, cows, bullocks, sheep, and camels.
The creatures are often dirty, dusty, and speckled with dung after being transported then packed together at the market.
Sagheer charges just Rs 100 for a wash. It includes a soak with a pressure hose, a lather with suds, a scrub and a rinse.
“The charge is 100 rupees, which is nothing,” said Mohammad Uzair. He brought during a large grey cow for a wash.
Across Pakistan, between eight and 10 million animals are sacrificed over Eid al-Adha, consistent with the Pakistan Tanners Association.
Sagheer says cleanliness is particularly important due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I make it some extent to sanitize the animal with disinfectants,” he said.
Bakra Eid 2020 is true round the corner and buy and sales of sacrificial animals are going at full speed. tons of Pakistani are buying their animals online this Eid amid COVID-19. Recently, street dogs had attacked and injured a sacrificial goat in Karachi’s Gadap Town, which was very sad.