Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced that Wednesday, April 10, 2024, has been declared a public holiday in Kenya to commemorate Idd-ul-Fitr. The holiday is in recognition of the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, which began on March 11, 2024. Idd-ul-Fitr is a time for Muslims to celebrate and show gratitude, marking the completion of a period of spiritual growth. It is also a time for special prayers, greetings, gift-giving, and charitable acts to help those in need. This holiday allows Muslims to come together, share blessings, and enjoy festivities with loved ones.

Idd-ul-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” begins with the sighting of the new moon. Muslims worldwide gather to perform a special prayer called the Salat al-Eid as a community. Following the prayer, they exchange warm greetings of “Eid Mubarak” (Blessed Eid) and share gifts and food with family and friends. This tradition fosters a sense of unity and joy among the Muslim community, reinforcing the importance of togetherness and appreciation during this festive occasion.

Another significant aspect of Idd-ul-Fitr is the practice of zakat al-fitr, which involves giving a specific amount of money or food to those in need before the Eid prayer. This act of charity ensures that everyone can partake in the celebrations and have enough resources to enjoy the holiday. By engaging in charitable giving, Muslims uphold the values of compassion, generosity, and solidarity, emphasizing the importance of caring for others in the community. Through these meaningful customs and traditions, Idd-ul-Fitr serves as a time of reflection, gratitude, and altruism for Muslims worldwide.

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