Michael P

the farm comes to dhaka
December 7, 2008, 8:53 pm
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There are two main holidays in Islam, Eid ul-Ftir and Eid ul-Adha.  A couple of months ago Muslims celebrated eid ul-Fitr.  it marked the end of ramadan and was marked by going to various family/friends houses to eat lots of food.  Eid ul-Adha is on tuesday and the huge increase in the number of livestock in Dhaka is very apparent.  There are thousands more goats and cows than usual


The reason for the extra livestock is because the main part of the holiday is that you sacrifice the animal.  People spend thousands of taka to buy these cows and goats.  Any statistic or number overheard in Bangladesh should be taken with a grain of salt, but I did hear that people can spend anywhere from 450,000 to 800,000 taka for a cow ($6,000-$11,500).  In a country where a lot of people are living way below the poverty line, that’s a ton of money.  Expect to see some extremely bloody picture on tuesday.



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