Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has gazetted Monday 12th August as a public holiday to mark Eid-Ul-Adha. This is according to a gazette notice dated 8th August, “It is notified for the general information of the public that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretay for Interior and Coordination of National Government declares that Monday, the 12th August. 2019 be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Azha.”
Eid-ul-Adha follows the completion of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage. It commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son according to the commandment given to him by God, and it’s also called ‘The Festival of the Sacrifice.’ It’s the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated globally, after Eid-ul-Fitr.