Why Monday is a public holiday in Kenya

Why Monday is a public holiday in Kenya

Interior Cabinet Secretary has gazetted Monday, September 12 to be a public holiday to mark Eid-ul-Adha 2016. This is contained in a special gazette notice number 108 published on Friday 9th September 2016.

What is Eid-ul-Adha?

EidalAdha. Eid alAdha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

Eid al-Adha 2016: Why does it not fall on the same date every year?

Touted as the he holiest celebration in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha 2016 was expected to fall on 11 September, on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon in 2001

But it has been confirmed the holiday will now fall a day later, on 12 September, in most countries including Kenya.

The timing of the celebration is dictated by the lunar cycle, so the festival falls on a different date every year, just as Easter holiday celebrated by Christians does.

The day is set when a new moon is sighted – but there is no exact definition of what this means. There is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye and whether it should be seen in the country where the celebrations are happening.

The day is set when a new moon is sighted – but there is no exact definition of what this means. There is little agreement within the faith about whether the moon must be spotted with the naked eye and whether it should be seen in the country where the celebrations are happening.

For Muslims, the day begins with morning prayers, followed by the exchange of food and gifts with family and friends. Muslims are obliged to share their food and money with the poor so they too can take part in the celebrations.

Worshippers will slaughter an animal, such as a sheep or a goat.

Additional reporting from The Independent

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