Gov’t declares Wednesday a public holiday

The government has declared Wednesday, June 5, 2019 a public holiday to allow Muslims celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadhan. This was announced on Monday in a gazette notice issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 (1) of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, shall be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” reads the notice.

Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival of Eid al Fitr by starting the day with the Eid prayer.

After the Eid prayers, muslim faithful greet each other with the customary Eid greetings, Eid Mubarak, with a formal embrace, three times. The day is spent with friends and family as they get together indulging in eating and handing out gifts.

Eid al-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.

The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.

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