Monday Is A Public Holiday- Govt

This has been announced through a Gazette Notice dated Friday, July 7

Monday Is A Public Holiday- Govt
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i. /FILE

The government has declared Monday, July 11 a public holiday.

This has been announced through a Gazette Notice dated Friday, July 7, by Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i.

The holiday will allow Muslims to celebrate Idd-Ul-Adha.

"IT IS notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 3 as read with section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act (Cap. 110), the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government declares Monday, 11th July 2022 a public holiday marking Idd-ul-Adha," read the notice in part.

A view of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in 2020. /AFP

According to Islamic teaching, Idd-ul-Adha (the feast of slaughtering) takes place on the 10th day of the third month after Ramadhan. 

Idd-ul-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

It also marks the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

It is one of the two Idd celebrations, Idd-ul-Adha and Idd-ul-Fitr, and is often considered the holier of the two. 

During the festival, Muslims around the world gather to mark one of the holiest days in the religious calendar.

After confirming the sighting of the crescent Dhul Hijjah moon on June 30, 2022, Saudi Arabia announced the celebration of Eid al Adha in the Kingdom on Saturday, July 09, 2022, which is also when UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait and other Arab states will be marking it.

Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) and Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced that Eid al Adha there will be celebrated on Saturday, July 09, 2022.

Wifaqul Ulama of the United Kingdom and Majlis Ugama Islam Singapore too issued separate statements to announce that Eid al Adha will be celebrated in the countries on Sunday, July 10, 2022. India usually celebrates both the festivals of Eid-ul-Fitra and Eid-ul-Adha a day after Saudi Arabia.

In Kenya, the announcement comes amidst speculation regarding when the holiday would be gazetted, in form of misleading information shared across various social media platforms.

Muslims in Kenya during a prayer session. /KNA