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Kindiki declares Idd ul Fitr holiday

The Interior Cabinet Secretary Professor Kithure Kindiki has declared Friday a public holiday to allow Kenyans to mark Idd-ul-Fitr.

Through a gazette notice on April 19, 2023, the CS also explained the day would be reserved for the Muslim festival.

“It is notified for the general information of the public that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares Monday 21 April 2023 shall be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” the CS said in the notice.

The Muslims celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr to mark the end of the long month of fasting, known as Ramadan.

The holiday is known under various other names in different languages and countries around the world.

The day is also called Lesser Eid, or simply Eid.

Earlier on, the Judiciary Office of the Deputy Chief Kadhi in Nairobi Kadiii’s court had asked Khadis to participate in the search for the new moon and coordinate with Muslim faithful in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

They were asked to communicate any news with the office of Deputy Chief Kadhi at Upper Hill for the purpose of receiving, verifying, and announcing the verified available news.

“I urge all honorable Kadhis who are in Nairobi to converge at the Kadhis Court in Nairobi for the purpose of receiving, verifying and announcing the available information regarding the new moon and the EID,” Deputy Chief Kadhi said in a memo.

During the ongoing Ramadan, a number of Kenyan leaders were seen joining Muslims in Iftar, as they preach peace.

President William Ruto recently hosted Muslim clerics at State House where they shared Iftar and calls for unity.

Following the announcement made, Defence CS Aden Duale has wished Muslim faithfuls a happy holiday.

“As we end the fast on Friday, 21st, may our temptations, trials and tribulations also come to an end. Happy Idd-ul-Fitr,” CS Dulae said.

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