CNN PRODUCER NOTE iReporter KazmiSahib captured these images of roadside blacksmiths in the Pakistani city of Karachi working hard to sharpen people's knives so that people can slaughter animals ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha or festival of the sacrifice, which begins this week. "Blacksmiths are sharpening knives because it is more economical - butchers nowadays are really very expensive and so in the past five years most owners prefer to slaughter their animals by themselves," he explained. Millions of animals are slaughtered every year as part of the festival, with the meat shared out between family, friends and neighbors. "The atmosphere is always very enthusiastic, because nowadays it is kind of a race in which everyone tries to show that his animal is the best," he said.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Blacksmith are these days readying tools for imminent Bakra Eid popularly called Eid ul Adha (Azha). Road side blacksmith can easily be found ever street of Karachi nowadays as day of Eid ul Adha coming near. Photo by Yasir Kazmi, October 25, 2012, Karachi, Pakistan.
A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal.
Butchers and peoples are readying their tools for slaughtering animals on Eid ul Adha (Azha)
Two options are available to them either to get old, rusty knives, choppers, small axes and other accessories sharpened or buy new ones. But what's certain is that in both cases, blacksmiths are to make quick bucks. And, this is what they're doing now.