In a gesture of national unity and respect for religious diversity, Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced that Friday, April 21st, will be a public holiday in celebration of Idd-ul-Fitr. The declaration was made in a Gazette Notice issued on Wednesday, April 19th, underscoring the government’s commitment to recognizing the significance of Islamic holidays in the country.
Idd-ul-Fitr, a cherished festival initiated by Prophet Muhammad, holds a special place in the Islamic calendar as one of two major celebrations. Marking the culmination of the Holy month of Ramadan, Idd-ul-Fitr occurs on the first day of Shawwal and is celebrated over three days. During this time, Muslims come together with friends and family to express gratitude towards God, following a month of reflection and spiritual growth.
On the morning of the first day, Muslims gather for prayer, solidifying their sense of community and shared faith. The other principal celebration in the Islamic calendar, Eid-ul-Adha, commemorates the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and is observed with acts of Qurbani (sacrifice).
By declaring April 21st a public holiday, the government acknowledges the importance of Idd-ul-Fitr and fosters an environment of mutual understanding and appreciation among citizens of different faiths. As the nation unites in celebration, the spirit of Idd-ul-Fitr serves as a powerful reminder of the values that bind us together.