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A statement has been released through the Presidential official website declaring Monday 12th September a national holiday to celebrate the islamic holiday of Idd-ul-Adha (also known as Eid-al-Adha).
“In recognition of the pivotal role played by religion in fostering cohesion and positive social order, and in solidarity with Kenyans of the Islamic Faith who on Monday, 12thSeptember, 2016 shall celebrate Idd-ul-Adha (also known as Eid-al-Adha).
Through the Kenya Gazette Notice No. 7315 of 9th September 2016, the Government is pleased to declare that the Idd-ul-Adha falling on Monday, 12 September 2016 shall be a Public Holiday for all persons throughout the Republic.
This Declaration is in line with Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act (Cap.110 of the Laws of Kenya),as read together with Section 3 of the Act.
The Government has taken this step so as to allow all Kenyans to share in celebrating that auspicious Holy Day together with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters; on a day that celebrates sacrifice and unwavering obedience to the Greater Good, the Government urges Kenyans of all faiths to contemplate how each and every one of us can align our actions towards making our Society better for ourselves as well as for future generations.
We wish to take this opportunity to wish Muslims around the World, and all those of other beliefs who will join them in celebrating Idd-ul-Adha, a blessed Holy Day.”
Manoah Esipisu, MBS
State House Spokesperson
9th September, 2016