Wednesday Declared Public Holiday to Mark Eid-ul-Fitr

  • President Uhuru Speaking at Jamia Mosque May 31, 2019 File
  • The government of Kenya, through Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i, has declared Wednesday, June 5, 2019, as a public holiday to mark the end of Ramadhan.

    Kenyans are expected to join their Muslim brothers and sisters to mark their special day known as Eid-ul-Fitr following a gazette notice dated Monday, June 3, 2019. 

    Eid-ul-Fitr is marked each year after the fasting, praying and self-reflection during the Holy month of Ramadhan.

    A screenshot of the special gazette notice

    It is celebrated for three days, and on the morning of the first day, Muslims gather together from all walks of life for prayers across the world.

    The actual date of the bountiful festivity isn't pre-determined as is the case with other holidays but rather dependent on the combination of astronomical calculations as well as the sighting of the new moon by the Chief Kadhi.

    Due to the inconsistent dates, Muslims across the world decided to celebrate Eid when the new moon appears over the holy city of Mecca instead of their own locations.

    The colourful celebrations usually involve creative henna patterns, donning of the finest Kanzus and traditional dresses as well as giving out charity in the form of food to the less fortunate or neighbours regardless of the religious doctrine.

    It is important to note that dates may vary depending on the moon sightings, and any changes are always communicated by the Chief Kadhi.

    Kenyan Muslims pictured during prayer in Mombasa