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Kenyan 2020 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday May 25

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi)
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: April 26, 2022

Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has issued a Special Gazette Notice announcing that, pursuant to the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday for Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Monday, May 25, 2020 ("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 in section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Monday, 25 th May, 2020, shall be declared a public holiday to mark Idd-ul Fitr").

As happened a few times (2019-06-03, 2018-06-12, 2012-08-13), but contrary to what happened other years (2017-08-30, 2016-07-01, 2015-07-10, 2014-07-24, 2013-08-06, 2011-08-19, 2010-09-08 and 2009-09-11), Kenya has declared its 2020 End of Ramadan public holiday on the same date as many, though not all, other Muslim countries.

This frequent discrepancy between the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya, and the date in other Muslim countries, is due to a specific clause of the Kenyan Public Holidays Act, which specifies a mathematical rule for the date of the End of Ramadan public holiday in Kenya (2018-06-02).

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