The Ministry for the Interior has indicated that Friday, 1st September 2017, which marks the Eid al-Adha festival, is a statutory public holiday which should be observed as such throughout the country.
This was Made known in a statement by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, on Thursday, August 24.
Also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, Eid al-Adha is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year.
It respects the ability of Ibrahim (Abraham) to give up his child, as a demonstration of accommodation to God’s charge. Before he could relinquished his child, God mediated by sending his blessed messenger Jibra’il (Gabriel), who at that point put a sheep in his child’s place. In remembrance of this, a creature is relinquished and isolated into three sections: the family holds 33% of the offer; another third is given to relatives, companions and neighbors; and the staying third is given to poor people and penniless.
In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. In the international or Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately, 11 days earlier each year.