ISLAMABAD

Besides the joy of seeing family members, relatives and friends on Eid, the people also remembered their dead loved ones and visited graveyards to offer Fateha.

After Eid prayer, people started visiting cemeteries to pray for the dead, following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH); however, many preferred to go to graveyards after Fajr prayer. Flower sellers set up exclusive stalls near all graveyards of the twin cities as people buy flowers, rose water and petals of roses to shower them on graves of their loved ones and remember them.

A large number of people were observed reciting Quranic verses and offering Fateha while sitting beside graves of their family members and friends. They shower petals and place floral wreaths on the graves of those near to their heart with gloomy faces and wet eyes.

“Every year on Eid, I come to offer Fateha at my Father’s grave to remember him on Eid,” said Ahmed Rahim, a visitor at H-10 graveyard. Ajmal, a flower seller said, “We set up special stalls a day before Eid for people’s convenience as many of them visit the graveyards after Fajr prayers.”

Meanwhile, A large number of people working in emergency departments and offices that remained open during Eid holidays celebrated festival at their respective places in the line of duty.

On Eid, when majority of Capital residents was in a hurry to reach their hometowns for celebrating the festival with their loved ones, on-duty staff in many departments sacrificed their joys for facilitating their fellow workers and citizens. Although they offered Eid prayers at specific places yet the police cops, traffic police officials, limited staff of hospitals, toll plazas employees, media personnel, air port and railways staffers and sanitary workers had to remain on duty during Eid holidays.

“It was for the first time that I spent Eid with my colleagues at toll plaza and it was quite a new experience,” said Alam Zeb at a toll plaza. He said, “life has different phases and this year I experienced the pleasure of sacrificing my happiness for the happiness and safety of others”.

Another worker said, “I celebrated Eid at toll plaza with my friends and colleagues as I was assigned to perform my duty during Eid days due to shortage of staff”. He said he was happy to serve others during Eid holidays as the traffic was quite thin and he had an opportunity to get extra leave later. “It is Eid today but we are here on duty. Sometimes, duty becomes more important than Eid festivities,” said a duty nurse at Holy Family Hospital.

Besides official services, sweet sellers and bakeries also remained busy in serving people with their products that become high in demand on festivals.

“Due to Eid, the demand of cakes, pizza, sweets and other bakery items boosts during Eid days. This makes us to keep essential staff at work. But, we pay them extra money for extra duty,” said a Bakery owner. Similarly media persons at different channels, newspapers and news agencies had to remain on duty as their work continues without any break. Although newspapers had announced two days leave yet the staffers had to be available in case they are required while certain staff remains on duty.

Moreover, the CDA staffers who were assigned the duty to keep city clean during Eid days and those deployed at parks also remained on duty during Eid days for facilitation of their fellow citizens.