Government Declares Monday Public Holiday
By Alex Masereka
The Ugandan government has declared Monday September 12, 2016 a public holiday as Muslims will be joining the rest of the world to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
Solomon Nyamungu, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public service confirmed this development in a statement released on Wednesday in which he also directed Uganda Broadcasting Corporation to make the announcement.
“The Honorable minister of public service informs the General Public that Monday, 12 September, 2016 and will be observed as a Public Holiday throughout Uganda,” Solomon’s statement reads.
Eid al-Adha also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra’il (Gabriel) and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.
The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.