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There Is No Public Holiday On Thursday- Matiang’i

The notice had alleged that Thursday was deemed a public holiday to mark Diwali 2021.

The Ministry of Interior has dismissed a notice circulating on social media regarding the declaration of Thursday, November 4 as a public holiday.

The notice had alleged that Thursday was deemed a public holiday to mark Diwali 2021, a celebration that is observed by the Hindu faithful.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) as read with section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government declares that Thursday, 4th November 2021 shall be a public holiday to mark Diwali 2021,” read the alleged notice dated Wednesday, November 3, signed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

However, the Ministry through its Twitter account deemed the notice as fake.

Notice by the Ministry of Interior dismissing the notice of declaration of a public holiday on November 4, 2021, as fake. /TWITTER

The Government has not declared a public holiday on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The purported gazette notice declaring a holiday is FAKE!” read its tweet.

The holiday in contention was Diwali, a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by HindusJainsSikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists.

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”

The main action taken to celebrate Diwali at home is lighting Diya lanterns in one’s window or other parts of one’s home.

Also adding to the lights are fireworks that light up the sky. However, the government only allows fireworks and firecrackers at set hours of the day, and they are not to be set off in residential areas.

Most who celebrate will visit friends and relatives on the day and may visit a local Hindu temple.

The government normally issues notices regarding public holidays in advance, meaning the fake notice that did rounds on social media appeared to have raised the hopes for Kenyans for a public holiday on a working day.

A candle is lit up to celebrate Diwali. /FILE

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