Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has officially proclaimed Wednesday, June 28, 2023, as a public holiday to observe Eid-ul-Adha.
In a Gazette Notice dated June 26, 2023, Kindiki made the announcement, stating, “I hereby inform the general public that, in accordance with the authority vested in me by section 2 (2) and part II of the Schedule, as read with section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares that Wednesday, the 28th of June, 2023, shall be designated as a public holiday to commemorate Eid-ul-Adha (Idd-ul-Azha).”
About Eid-ul-Adha and how it is celebrated
Eid-ul-Adha holds significant religious and cultural importance for Muslims. It commemorates the story from the Quran about Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God. The main ritual of Eid-ul-Adha involves the sacrifice of an animal, such as a sheep, goat, or cow. This act symbolizes Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to fulfill God’s command.
During Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims also engage in various other practices. They gather for special prayers in mosques or open spaces, where they recite verses from the Quran and Hadith. Muslims are encouraged to give charity during this time to honour Prophet Ibrahim’s obedience and generosity.
Additionally, Muslims exchange gifts with family and friends, perform special rituals such as the slaughtering of animals for food, and distribute the meat among those in need. The meat obtained from the sacrifice is divided into three portions: one for the family, one for friends and relatives, and one for the less fortunate. This act of sharing emphasizes the values of generosity and compassion.
Traditionally, Eid-ul-Adha is a time for loved ones to come together, exchange gifts, and create cherished memories. The celebration typically spans three days, beginning at sunset on June 28, 2023, and concluding on July 1, 2023.
We hope that this public holiday provides an opportunity for everyone to fully embrace the spirit of Eid-Ul-Adha. May it bring happiness, peace, and blessings to all those observing this special occasion. Wishing you a joyous and meaningful Eid!