Muslims around the world are today (July 20) celebrating Eid al-Adha, also known as the “Festival of sacrifice”. The holiday kicked off on Monday evening and runs until Tuesday evening.
It is normally celebrated on the 10th day of Dhul al Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
The Islamic faithful mark the day to commemorate “Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. Before he could sacrifice him, God provided a lamb in place of Ishmael.”
During Eid al-Adha, Muslims engage in prayers and proceed to “sacrifice” sheep, goats, camels, cows, or buffalo.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations have been toned down, with most faithful avoiding places of worship that have been termed as “breeding zones” for the virus.
Eid al-Adha declared public holiday
Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi declared Tuesday, July 20 as a public holiday in honour of the Muslim faithful.
Some of the political leaders have joined in celebrating the occasion with Muslims.
“On this Eid Ul-Adha I would like to wish our Muslim Brothers and Sisters #EidMubarak. May you all be blessed and become stronger in your faith whose hallmark is respect and tolerance for all,” ODM Leader Raila Odinga said.
Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala wished all Muslim faithful “good health, happiness, peace and prosperity!”
“Eid Mubarak. Leo ni ile siku Mbuzi kafia kwa Muuza Supu. Mombasa Raha, appetite iko juu niite nitaitika,” Nyali MP Mohammed Ali said.