Eid-ul-Adha public holiday in Kenya happens every year towards the end of June. The specific date of the holiday varies from year to year. Kenyans get to know the exact day once the Interior cabinet secretary has gazetted it as a holiday. During Eid-ul-Adh, both government and most private business offices throughout the country remain closed to allow citizens to observe and celebrate it.
The 2023 Eid-ul-Adha Holiday in Kenya was on Wednesday, June 28.
Eid-ul-Adha Holiday in Kenya
Eid-ul-Adha is an important Islamic holiday celebrated in Kenya and worldwide. During this public holiday, Muslims in Kenya engage in various religious activities. These may include attending special congregational prayers held in mosques and open prayer grounds, and partaking in communal feasts with family and friends. The holiday also encourages acts of charity, as Muslims are encouraged to share their blessings with the less fortunate in the society.
The declaration of Eid-ul-Adha as a public holiday demonstrates the government’s recognition and respect for Muslim citizens and their religious observances. This also ensures that individuals practicing Islam in Kenya have the opportunity to fully participate in the religious festivities associated with Eid-ul-Adha.
Counties with a high percentage of Muslims in Kenya that experience a total closure of business premises during Eid-ul-Adha include Mombasa, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kwale, Nairobi, Tana River, Kilii, Marsabait, and Isiolo.
Other important Islamic holidays celebrated in Kenya include Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.
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