Kindiki Declares Wednesday Public Holiday to Mark Eid-Ul-Fitr


Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has gazetted Wednesday, April 10, 2024, as a public holiday.

The holiday will be used to mark Eid-ul-Fitr.

In a gazette notice on Tuesday, April 9, Kindiki said the public holiday will be to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr.

“IT IS notified for the general information of the public that, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 (1) of the Public Holidays Act. The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares that Wednesday, the 10th April, 2024, shall be a Public Holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” stated the notice. 

Idd-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on March 11, 2024. 

Idd ul-Fitr is a time of joy, reflection, and gratitude for Muslims around the world, marking the completion of a month of fasting and spiritual growth.

Also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Idd ul-Fitr  begins with the sighting of the new moon. Muslims then perform a special prayer known as the Salat al-Eid in a congregation.

After the prayer, Muslims greet each other with “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) and exchange gifts, and food with family and friends.

An aspect of eid ul fitr is a charitable giving known as zakat al fitr where muslims  are required to give a specific amount of money or food to those in need before the Eid prayer. This helps ensure that everyone can enjoy the festivities and have enough to celebrate

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