CAIRO: The Ministry of Petroleum has decided to increase the amount of butane gas cylinders supplied to the local market to a million cylinders a day to cover people’s needs during Eid al-Adha, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Eid al-Adha (The Sacrifice Feast) is a major feast holiday celebrated worldwide by Muslims from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7.
The decision was made to meet the citizens’ needs of this strategic item during the four days of the feast, during which citizens’ consumption increases by 15 percent, according to Youm7.
Pre-Eid al-Adha preparations were also taken by other ministries across the governorates. Agricultural Ministry Undersecretary El-Sayed Attiyah told Youm7 that the ministry opened 41 outlets to sell meat at all centers in Sohag governorate.
Magdi Abdel Aal, a Ministry of Supply undersecretary in Suez, said there will be five outlets to sell meat with subsidized prices during the four days of the holiday.
Eid al-Adha celebrates the Islamic interpretation of Abrahamic faith patriarch Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic) and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail in Arabic) before being told by God he could sacrifice a sheep instead. Muslims typically celebrate the holiday by consuming large amounts of livestock, usually sheep. In Judeo-Christian traditions, the son offered for sacrifice was Abraham’s other son, Isaac (Is’haq in Arabic).
Additional reporting by Naglaa Kamal