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Wednesday Declared a Public Holiday In Kenya To Celebrate Idd-Ul Fitr

In a gazette notice on Tuesday, April 9, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki announced that Wednesday, April 10, 2024 will be a public holiday in Kenya.

The CS said the public holiday will be to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the Holy month of the Muslim community.

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

It is also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” which 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.

During the celebration, Muslims do 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.


By Matildah Obaigwa


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