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Kenyan 2016 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016


In a gazette notice the Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, announced that, pursuant to section 3 of the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the upcoming annual Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya had been declared a nationwide non-working public holiday for all Kenyans, to be observed on Monday, September 12, 2016.

As per the aforementioned Gazette Notice ("It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Monday, the 12th September 2016 be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Adha."), contrary to what happened in previous years when the Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya was limited to Muslims.

A decade ago, during the quasi civil war that followed the 2007 elections (2007-12-30 and 2007-12-20), the Government of Kenya had gazetted Idd-ul-Adha as a new public holiday in Kenya (2007-12-14). However, the year after (2008-12-04), despite President Mwai Kibaki's promise to make it an annual public holiday (2007-11-06), the government of Kenya announced that the 2007 declaration of a public holiday for the Idd-ul-Adha had been a one-off affair.


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