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CS Matiang'i said the Holiday is to celebrate Idd-ul- Adha.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has declared Monday, July 11, a public holiday.

In a gazette notice dated July 8, CS Matiang'i said the Holiday is to celebrate Idd-ul- Adha.

"It is notified for general information that in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 as read with section 2 (2) of the  Public Holidays National Government declares Monday 11th July 2022 a public holiday marking Idd-ul-Adha," the CS said in the Gazette notice.

Eid al-Adha is the second and biggest of the two main holidays celebrated in Islam.

It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah's command.

{Muslim marking Eid al-Adha. IMAGE: COURTESY}

Eid-UL-Adha is marked on the tenth day of the month of Dhul Hijja in the Islamic lunar calendar and after the completion of the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Makka in Saudia Arabia country.

Depending on the country, the celebrations of Eid-ul-Adha can last anywhere between two and four days, this is according to Muslim Aid.

The act of Qurbani (sacrifice) is carried out following the Eid Salaah (Eid Prayers), which are performed in the congregation at the nearest Mosque on the morning of Eid.

The act of Qurbani consists of slaughtering an animal as a sacrifice to mark this occasion in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice for Allah SWT.

This is also known as Udhiya. The days of animal sacrifice total three days, from the 10th to the 12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah.

The sacrificial animal must be a sheep, lamb, goat, cow, bull, or camel; the sheep, lamb, or goat consist of one Qurbani share, whereas a bull, cow, or camel consists of seven shares per animal.

The animal must be in good health and over a certain age in order to be slaughtered, in a “halal” friendly, Islamic way.