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Kenya Rules-Out Cancellation Of May 3rd Public Holiday

Source: The Nation (Nairobi)
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2022

Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has confirmed that the previously-declared public holiday on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, for the Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan), would not be canceled or moved, despite yesterday's announcement by Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdar, that Eid-Ul-Fir would be celebrated on Monday, May 2, following the sighting of the moon.

Last week (2022-04-26), Secretary Matiangi had announced that the upcoming Kenyan public holiday for Idd-Ul-Fitr would be Tuesday, May 3, 2022, a day later than many of the neighboring Muslim countries, 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).

Note that the Kenyan Public Holidays Act also specifies that two public holidays cannot be celebrated on the same day, meaning that the earliest date for the upcoming End of Ramadan public holiday would be May 3rd, as Cabinet Secretary Matiang’i, last week, also issued a statement declaring Monday, May 2nd, 2022, as a day in lieu public holiday in Kenya "by dint of Labour Day falling on Sunday 1st May 2022" (2022-04-26).

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