Eid al-Adha 2019: Kenya’s government declares public holiday

A young Muslim girl enjoys a swing ride at Eastleigh High School in Nairobi, Kenya, 04 June 2019. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya’s government on Thursday declared Monday, 12 August, a public holiday as Muslims mark this year’s Eid al-Adha festival.

Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i said in a gazette notice that the country’s Public Holidays Act gave him the powers to designate the day a public holiday.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government declares that Monday, the 12th August, 2019 be a public holiday to mark Eid al-Adha,” the notice said.

Eid al-Adha (literary meaning “the feast of sacrifice”) commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith when God commanded him to sacrifice his only son Ismail.

Parliamentary majority leader Aden Duale thanked the government for its “commitment” to the Muslim ummah (community) by setting the day aside for Eid al-Adha.

This year’s Eid al-Adha will be celebrated across Kenya on Sunday, August 11.

Muslims make up about 10 per cent of the Kenya’s population, according to the latest figures by the country’s national statistics office.

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