The Kenyan Government has today announced that Monday, 25th May will be a public holiday, to help Muslims celebrate Idd-Ul-Fitr.
The announcement, published by the Kenya Gazette notice, was made by Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination.
“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(1) of Public Holidays Act, declares that Monday, 25th May,2020, shall be a public Holiay to mark Idd-ul-Fitr” the announcement read.
The announcement comes as a relief for Muslims, who have not celebrated their Holy Month of Ramadhan as usual, due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the day to dawn curfew imposed by the government, as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Idd-ul-Fitr is the Festival of fast-breaking which is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The announced Holiday for Idd-ul-Fitr will be marking the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadhan, which will have taken 30 days since Muslims began to fast and indulge in prayers last month, with the celebrations starting on 23 April to 23 May.
At the start of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community, Muslim leaders in the country had requested the president to extend the curfew hours but was rejected on the grounds that at the moment, the key important issue was the safety of Kenyans.