HERAT -- Afghans across the country have begun their preparations for Eid ul Adha, which is scheduled to start Tuesday (August 21).
Customers thronged markets as they chose sheep and other livestock to sacrifice for the holiday.
The holiday is set to coincide with the start of a potential three-month ceasefire with the Taliban offered by President Ashraf Ghani Sunday (August 19).
The Taliban did not immediately respond to Ghani's proposal but said it would release "hundreds" of prisoners to mark Eid ul Adha.
How likely are the Taliban to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government before presidential elections in July?