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High prices affect Eid celebrations in several parts of the world

Jul 31, 2020 10:18 IST

The sacrifice of animals is a popular Eid al-Adha ritual, commemorated as a test of faith by slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. But this year, economic woes coupled with fears of the coronavirus outbreak, are making it for people to honour that tradition in several parts of the world. 

Livestock was up for sale at a bustling Gaza market for the Eid holiday but locals complain few are buying animals. Employees who are not receiving their salaries are unable to buy enough to meet their families' needs, locals say. Because of high prices, Yemenis are also struggling to get into a festive mood. 

Muslims in West Africa, even in normal times, scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on the Muslim holiday, the display of faith can cost as much as a month's income. Now, Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on people's budgets from Senegal and Nigeria to the Ivory Coast. 

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