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Kenya Restricts 2017 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Kenya's Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i, has announced that employers could allow Muslim workers a day off on Friday, September 1st, 2017, to mark the coming Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday, but that this would not be a nationwide public holiday as was the case last year.

As per the aforementioned announcement ("Adherents of Islam will celebrate the day and therefore employers should allow them to be away from work; for non-Muslims this will be a normal working day"), Friday, September 1st, 2017, will not be a be a public holiday in Kenya to mark Idd-ul-Adha."), contrary to what happened last year (2016-09-09), but in line with the practice of 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.

The Interior minister of Kenya did mention that plans were underway to make the Idd-ul-Adha Islamic celebration a public holiday in future years.


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