Somali government has declared three days as public holidays to honour Eid-Ul-Adha which will be celebrated next week.

In a statement, the ministry said the government intended to allow civil servants and private sector workers celebrate the Eid festival.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by article L11 section 30 and 2 of Labour law and section 86 (b) of Labbour Code 65 of 18/10/1972, the ministry declares that Tuesday 4th June and Wednesday, 5th June, 2019, shall be a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr,” reads the statement.

Muslims around the world observe the event, which is a three-day Islamic festival starting on the 11th day of the month of August.

This is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year.

Idd-ul-Adha is held at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and sees family and friends gather for feasts, gift-giving, and prayers.

The day is meant to honour the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command.

Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca and is associated with the life of Islamic prophet Muhamed peace be upon him.

Mecca was the birthplace of prophet Muhamed and is regarded as the holiest city in Islam.


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