The government has declared Monday, May 25, a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i made the announcement through a gazette notice on Wednesday.
The day marks the top of the holy month of Ramadhan consistent with the Islamic calendar .
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Muslims won’t be ready to hold their usual celebrations, due to the ban on public gatherings.
The government banned church and mosque gatherings in March this year as a part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta ruled out a curfew extension for Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
The President maintained that a bit like Christians celebrated Easter reception , the Muslims shouldn’t expect special treatment during the holy month.
“Same to what we told Christians during Easter, this year is a special year. Everyone to celebrate at home. Muslims should follow suit and know that this is a special year,” said President Kenyatta.
In normal circumstances during Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, Muslim faithfuls awaken to cleanse their bodies during a ritual called ghusl.
After getting dressed for the day they take in mosques or outdoor locations for prayers and hear a khutba (sermon) and provides zakat al-fitr (charity within the sort of food).
Afterwards, many visit the graves of their loved ones to wish and clean the gave sites. The faithfuls also exchange gifts during this point .
Customary greetings, Eid Mubarak, with a formal embrace – three times – are common during Eid.