Kenya’s interior ministry has declared Friday, 15 June, a public holiday to allow citizens to prepare for and celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Interior minister Fred Matiang’i said in a statement that the holiday will “accord all Kenyans the opportunity to make preparations to mark Eid al-Fitr on Saturday”, 16 June.
“In exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Public Holiday Act, Friday June 15,2018, shall be a public holiday.”
Like much of the rest of the world, Kenyans began observing the fasting month of Ramadan on 17 May.
This week marks the end of this year’s Ramadan.
— Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) (@ConsumersKenya) June 12, 2018
At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which in Arabic literally means “festival of breaking the fast”.
Depending on the actual start date of Ramadan and the new moon sighting on the 29th night of Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr this year will fall either on Friday, 15 June or Saturday, 16 June.
The C.S for @InteriorKE has set his hand to the Gazette Notice declaring Friday the 15th Day of June, 2018 a Public Holiday; to accord all Kenyans the opportunity to make preparations to mark Idd-ul-Fitr which this year falls on Saturday the 16th Day of June, 2018. pic.twitter.com/QuSsUBuVDc
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