Id ul Azha is the single-most important feast of the Islamic year, falling on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic calendar (Dhu al Hijjah).
In a Kenya Gazette Notice No. 5277, Matiang’i stated that Friday would mark the celebration of Idd-ul-Azha.
“In recognition of the vital role of faith as a unifying force within our Nation, and cognisant that religious and cultural diversity are at the core of our national identity; Friday, July 31, 2020 has been designated as a Public Holiday of General Observance throughout the territory of the Republic of Kenya in celebration of Idd-ul-Adha,” reads the statement in part.
he date moves on the Gregorian calendar by around 10 days per year.
Friday, July 31, 2020, has been declared a Public Holiday to mark Idd ul Azha.
Also known as Eid al-Adha (Sacrifice Feast), the feast is celebrated to honour the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of obedience to God’s command.
During the feast, Muslims re-enact Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram.
The family will then eat about a third of the meal a third goes to friends and relatives, and the remaining third is donated to the poor and needy.
It often falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries.
However, due to the Coronavirus and the ban on social gatherings, many might have to celebrate at home without violating the regulations issued by the Ministry of Health.
Id ul Azha is the single-most important feast of the Islamic year.
It falls on the 10th day of the final month of the Islamic calendar also known as Dhu al Hijjah.
The date moves on the Gregorian calendar by around 10 days per year.
The background of Id ul Azha is the Islamic account of Ibrahim willingly offering up his son Ishmael as a sacrifice before an angel intervened and stopped the hand in which he held the knife.
Muslims normally go on pilgrimage to Mecca to re-enact the sacrifice and take part in ceremonies held in the very places where the events are thought to have transpired.