The government, through the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has announced that Tuesday July 20, 2021 will be a public holiday to celebrate Idd-Ul-Adha. The announcement was published in the Kenya gazette notice number 7147.
Idd-Ul-Adha is celebrated annually by the Muslim community to honor the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.
In previous years, Eid al-Adha was marked with prayers and public gatherings that involved sharing of food. This year, the celebrations will be different due to the Covid-19 and the containment measures put in place by the government.
The four day Islamic celebration starts on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the last month in the Islamic calendar. However, the exact date of may vary between countries as the day is based on lunar sightings.
Tuesday’s Idd-Ul-Adha is the second major celebration in the Muslim calendar after Idd-ul-Fitr that was celebrated in May.
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