ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 29th August, 2016) : Decorated sacrificial animals with different accessories are attracting citizens in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as Eid-ul-Azha approaches nearer. It was observed that citizens are using different kinds of colourful garlands of beads, crowns and bells to decorate their sacrificial animals. The sellers are charging high prices for such things, as a pair of `payals' for Rs 200-300, a bell for Rs 200 and a garland of beads for Rs 500.
Talking to APP, Saqib Ullah, an animal `decoration items' seller, said that he has been doing this business for the last 10 years and facilitating the residents to decorate their sacrificial animals. "Overall, it is a slow business but a few days before Eid-ul- Azha it becomes a booming one that earns much more for my family," he said. "We bring different kinds of garlands for animals from Sahiwal, Multan, Lahore and Sindh.
These decorations items increase the beauty of animals and also catches buyers attention," he added. Saqib Ullah said that some buyers even decorate the sacrificial animals with mehndi (henna). Noor Muhammad, an animal seller belonging to Layyah, said that as a bride does not look beautiful without `jewellery, similarly, sacrificial animals do not look attractive without these decorative things. The vendors walk around cattle markets where they could find different kinds of animal decoration items, especially for goats, sheep, cows, camels and even for buffaloes. The sellers of sacrificial animals also decorate their animals to attract buyers. Most of the people specially children after buying animals visit decorative item shops to buy these for the sacrificial animals.