Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has declared Friday, July 31 to be a public holiday
Speaking on Wednesday, July 29 through the Kenya Gazette notice numbered 5277, the CS stated that Friday would mark the celebration of Idd-Ul-Azha.
“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; Friday, July 31, 2020 has been designated as a Public Holiday of General Observation throughout the territory of the Republic of Kenya in celebration of Idd-Ul-Azha,” a section of the statement reads.
Addressing the situation on Covid-19 and celebration, the CS urged Kenyans to cautiously celebrate with minimal contact with other persons.
“All ceremonies in celebration of Idd-Ul-Azha will be marked in strict and full compliance with the guidelines issued by the Interfaith Council with the approval of the Ministry of Health,” the statement reads.
Idd-Ul-Azha is one of the greatest holidays and celebrations in the Islamic calendar. It honors the obedience of Abraham to God by his great willingness to sacrifice his only son.
The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) Director of Religious Affairs Sheikh Hassan Kinyuaon Monday called upon the government to gazette the day as a public holiday.
In the Sheikh’s words, Idd-Ul-Fitr is the most guaranteed Islamic holiday as the authorities have been playing games over gazetting some of the critical holidays in Islam.