On Bakri Eid or Eid al-Adha, and just before the day, the prices of goats get skyrocketed. Rehan Ahmed 25, a resident of Budhwari, Nagpur, who possesses about nine goats at his residence, says, “While the regular goats in Nagpur weigh about 100 kgs, our goats are above 200 kgs. We don’t sell our goats as we use them for our personal consumption, but we do have people coming from across the city, who are ready to buy our goats for a price as high as nine lacs each.”
“To maintain a healthy goat, we feed them with chana, wheat, etc. Also, we give them timely medicines to keep them fit. We are the only one in Nagpur to possess a collection that is so high on quality. It’s the best in Maharashtra,” says Nagpur’s Rehan Ahmed.
Bakri Eid or Eid al-Adha is primarily known as the festival of sacrifice. Contrary to the popular belief, Bakri Eid’s not about people relishing their non-vegetarian feasts; there has to be an element of charity in it. “The meat has to be compulsorily divided in three parts – the family consumes the first part, the second part is for the relatives and the close ones and the third part is distributed amongst the needy,” says Parvez a resident of Sadar, Nagpur.