The government has this morning announced that there will be a public holiday for all Kenyans to stay at home on the 11th of July as per the reports that we have just received.
Through the Interior Security Ministry, the government has decided to declare Monday the 11th of July a Public Holiday so that Muslims all across the country can celebrate their Eid-ul Adha which is tomorrow.
Many had been asking if they will be given a public holiday but given that it falls on a Saturday, then the chances were very slim but the government as acquiesced to their pleas and given them a public holiday.
According to reliable reports that we have with us this morning, the Ministry of Interior Security says that this will give the Muslims an opportunity to celebrate their day without any glitches as per the reports that we have.
The statement read in part that the holiday will be to honor the Muslims in their day as it has always been and many will be elated by this news.The upcoming weekend just got very long for most Kenyans and many had been looking forward to this.
Here is the statement from the government this morning,
” It has been notified for and to the general information that in the exercise of the powers that have been conferred by sections 3 as read with section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act (Cap. 110) in the Kenyan 2010 Constitution, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, Dr. Feed Matiang’i, has declared Monday, the 11th of July, 2022 a public holiday marking the Eid-ul-Adha.”
Eid al-Adha is the second and biggest of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam (the other being Eid al-Fitr). It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to Allah’s command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, Allah provided him with a lamb which he was supposed to kill in his son’s place because of his willingness to sacrifice his own son in the name of God.
In commemoration of this intervention, animals are ritually slaughtered. One third of their meat is consumed by the family which offers the animal, while the rest of the meat is distributed to the poor and the needy. Sweets and gifts are given, and extended family members are typically visited and welcomed.
The day is also sometimes called the Greater Eid.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for four days. In the international calendar, the dates vary from year to year, shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
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