Thursday 7th of July has been announced as a public holiday to allow the Muslims celebrate Eid Ul Fitr.
The public day celebration would give the Muslims faithful an opportunity to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
The announcement was gazetted on Friday the 1st of July 2016 by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Hon. Joseph Nkaissery.
“It is being announced that Thursday, 7 July 2016 will be a public holiday for the Eid Ul Fitr celebrations following Article 3 of the rules of public holidays” read part of the statement.
On Friday Muslims around the country made the last Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadhan, the one month fasting period will be completed next week.
Eid Ul Fitr
This is festival of breaking of the fast and is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Eid is normally a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadhan.
The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal and the celebrations are based on the observation of new moon.
Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The entire month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.
According to Islam, the Quran was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by Jibreel to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
The Muslims faithful believe that in the holy month of Ramadhan the gates of Heaven are open for them the entire month while the gates of Hell (Jahannam) are closed.