Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has declared Friday, the 31st July as a public holiday.
Through a gazette notice issued on Wednesday, July 29, CS Matiang’i said that the holiday will allow Muslims to mark Idd-ul-Adha.
Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim ( (known in the Christian Old Testament as Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command.
To commemorate this day, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts in a process known as Qurbani. One part of the sheep is given to the poor, one to the immediate family at home, and one is reserved for relatives.