Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Friday, 14th May, a public holiday.

In a Kenya Gazette notice dated 5th May, the CS said the day would mark Idd-ul-Fitr.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Friday, the 14th May, 2021, shall be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” read the notice.

According to the Muslim calendar, the day marks the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadhan.

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Muslims across the world began observing the holy month on 13th April.

Idd-ul-Fitr is a festival for believers to show gratitude to Allah for the help and strength he gave them throughout the month of Ramadhan to help them practise self-control.

Muslims believe that it was during the month of Ramadhan that the text of the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

The first Idd-ul-Fitr was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad and his companions after their victory in the battle of Jang-e-Badar, a turning point in Muhammad’s struggle with his opponents among the Quraish in Mecca during the early days of Islam.

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