Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I/ FILE
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I has gazetted Friday, July31, as public holiday.
In a press release on Wednesday, Matiang’i said the day had been designated as public holiday to celebrate Idd-ul-Azha/Idd-ul-Adha “in recognition of the vital role of faith as a unifying force within our nation, and cognisant that religious and cultural diversity are at the core of our national Identity”.
The declaration is carried vide a Kenya Gazette notice of 5277 of July 29, 2020.
Idd-ul-Adha is an Islamic festival to mark the end of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and commemorates the willingness of Abraham to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.
Traditionally, Muslims around the world gather to mark one of the holiest days in the religious calendar.
However, due to Covid-19, Matiang’I said all celebrations will be marked with minimal person-to-person contact, and in strict compliance with guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council and the Ministry of Health.