Government Declares June 17 Public Holiday

In a formal announcement dated June 14, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration, CS Kindiki, has declared Monday, June 17, 2024, a public holiday to commemorate Eid-Al-Adha. This declaration, made under the authority of Section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, is intended to honor one of Islam’s most significant celebrations.

Eid-Al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim to Allah and his willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. According to Islamic tradition, Ibrahim received a divine message in a dream, instructing him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. Despite being tempted by the devil to disobey, Ibrahim remained steadfast in his faith. At the moment he was about to sacrifice Ismail, Allah intervened and provided a lamb for Ibrahim to sacrifice instead.

This holiday is marked by Muslims worldwide with the ritual sacrifice of a sheep or goat, symbolizing Ibrahim’s obedience. The meat from these sacrifices is traditionally distributed among family, friends, and the less fortunate.

The celebrations begin with Muslims attending prayers at their local mosques, dressed in their finest attire to express gratitude to Allah for His blessings. Eid-Al-Adha is also a time for visiting family and friends, as well as giving to charity to ensure that those in need can partake in the festivities.

Additionally, Eid-Al-Adha coincides with the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which occurs in the final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This pilgrimage is a significant event in the Islamic faith, further underscoring the importance of this holiday.

By declaring June 17 a public holiday, CS Kindiki enables the Muslim community to fully engage in the spiritual and communal aspects of Eid-Al-Adha.

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