Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’ i on Wednesday, July 29, declared Friday, July 31, a public holiday.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, Matiang’ i stated that Friday would mark the celebration of Idd-ul-Adha.
“In recognition of the vital role of faith as a unifying force within our Nation, and cognisant that religious and cultural diversity is at the core of our national identity; Friday, July 31, 2020, has been designated as a Public Holiday of General Observance throughout the territory of the Republic of Kenya in celebration of Idd-ul-Adha,” reads the statement in part.
According to Muslims (‘Īdu l-‘Aḍḥā) “Festival ” or “Greater Bairam” is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is when Muslims sacrifice a goat, sheep, cow, camel, and bull sending part of the meat to poor people as a donation. It is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Sacrifice Feast.
Although Eid–ul–Adha has no direct relation to the Hajj Pilgrimage, it is but a day after the completion of Hajj and therefore has significance in time. It has also biblical connotations as it marks the day in which Abraham obeyed God’s call and binds his Son and was stopped by God from sacrificing him.