It is the understood responsibility of every citizen to keep his or her country clean. With the advent of Eid ul Azha, in addition to the jubilant celebrations and gatherings with our loved ones, we should remain mindful of the issue of cleanliness in our cities and villages. Sacrificial hides and waste should not be thrown out in the open, as it only adds to the pollution of our environment. Instead, animal sacrificial hides should be donated to well-known and reliable charities while animal waste should be disposed of in the neighborhood garbage facilities. By helping sanitary staff in these easily accomplished tasks, we can make our residential areas cleaner to live in.

Furthermore, it would serve communities well if religious leaders emphasized upon the need for cleanliness on Eid in their prayer sermons. This can help authorities managing standard cleaning operations in increased hygiene and maintenance of the cities. The surfacing of sacrificial animal hides in sewers and on the roadsides creates an unbearable stench in the area, while the mushrooming of illegal cattle markets simply contaminates urban spaces for citizens. These markets and the waste they produce cause a set of problems for citizens including respiratory diseases due to the odor of blood and excess of animal waste and discarded organs thrown about. Therefore, citizens should report these markets to local authorities to avoid further problems.

It is indeed the government’s responsibility to take care of our neighborhoods, but responsible and effective citizenry is equally important for a country to flourish as well as enjoy its festivities. Those celebrating Eid are encouraged to sum up the celebration on a clean and healthy note by participating in the maintenance of the cleanliness of their environments. Simple and easy steps, such as collecting waste in the main garbage facility and donating animal hides to trustworthy groups, can keep the country cleaner and, thus, help us all benefit from more sanitary neighbourhoods this Eid.