Trudging mud to buy a suitable animal for sacrifice was part of the tradition of Eid-ul-Azha in previous years as far as we can recall. But this year, many bought sacrificial animals online and entrusted farms located on city outskirts to fulfil the Eid obligations of Qorbani (slaughtering the sacrificial animal) and distribution of meat to the poor. This is a totally new phenomenon for most of us, and one of the many new normals of life after Covid-19.
So far this year’s Eid-ul-Azha will be remembered as the most unique one of our lifetime due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Amidst the requirement of maintaining the various health safety protocols for Covid-19, Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated mostly with only the immediate family instead of the usual host of friends and relatives visiting us throughout the three days of Eid. Recalling past Bakri Eids, as it is colloquially called, Muslims around the world scaled down many of the traditional rituals to celebrate it this year.While the new normal made this Eid quite relaxing for the parents and grownups with the workload being much reduced, it is the children who are really missing out on the traditional fun and enjoyment of Eid. We still recall the Eids experienced in our childhood as our most cherished memories. The children of 2020 are being deprived of collecting enjoyable memories of Eid to draw on in their adult years. We hope that soon an effective vaccine will free us all from the virtual jail that humans are caged in since the advent of Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to Covid-19 health and safety protocol, the post Eid-ul-Azha cleaning up operation by the City Corporations is worth mentioning this year. Unlike other years, the garbage accumulated over Eid was cleared up, as promised, within 24 hours. It prevented the usual stinky city air, which used to make breathing hard in previous years. We are thankful for this particular new normal, the post-Eid clean city streets, which we can happily get used to from now onwards. Over the past few months, Covid-19 has forced us to improve our cleanliness and hygiene practices and habits. We must try to retain these good practices even after the pandemic is over.