Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, Dr Fred Matiangi has declared Monday 25th May, 2020 a public holiday to celebrate Eid ul fitr.
“… the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 (1) of Public Holidays Act, declares that Monday, the 25th May, 2020, shall be a Public Holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” said the gazette notice by Matiangi.
Eid ul fitr, also known as Festival of Breaking the Fast, is a day of celebration by Muslims to mark the conclusion 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk each day during the holy month of Ramadan.
With the coronavirus infections increasing in Kenya and the measures by government to mitigate the spread of the virus, it is expected that this year’s Eid will be different from others.
The government has reiterated in the past that Muslims should observe the festivities from home while still observing government regulations. Cabinet Secretary for tourism, Mr Najib Balala warned Muslims not to have huge gatherings but to celebrate from their homes.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on the other hand said that Muslims should accept that this year is a special year and should hold their festivities differently the same way Christians observed Easter differently.
He said, “Same to what we told Christians during Easter, this year is a special year. Everyone to celebrate at home. Muslims should follow suit and know that this is a special year”.