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Kenya Rules-Out November 4 Diwali Public Holiday

Source: The Nation (Nairobi)
Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2021


Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, has issued a statement denying the "news" circulating on social media that Thursday, November 4, 2021, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Kenya, on account of the Hindu holiday of Diwali ("The Government has not declared a public holiday on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The purported gazette notice declaring a holiday is fake").

Apparently, many in Kenya were hoping that Diwali would become an annual non-working public holiday in Kenya, as the Idd-ul-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice (2021-07-16, 2020-07-29, 2019-08-06, 2018-08-17, 2017-08-30, 2016-09-09, 2010-09-08, 2009-11-25, 2009-09-11, 2008-12-04, 2007-11-06), has slowly become a fixture of the list of public holidays in Kenya.

As per Secretary Matiang'i, "Diwali is not a public holiday. However, Kenyan Hindus are allowed to mark this day by taking a day off from work and school to observe the important festival".

Recall that, two years ago (2019-10-25), Cabinet Secretary Matiang'i, had to issue a similar statement dismissing social media reports that Monday, October 29, 2019, had been declared a non-working public holiday in Kenya, on account of the Hindu holiday of Diwali ("Kindly ignore a gazette notice circulating on social media claiming Monday 28th October 2019 to be a public holiday").



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