Interior CS Fred Matiang’i

Following President Mwai Kibaki’s death, the government declared Friday, April 29 a national holiday.

The long weekend starts on Friday and ends on Tuesday, May 3rd. Kenyans will commemorate Labour Day on May 1st, a national holiday honoring Kenyan workers.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government declares Friday, April 29, 2022, to be a public holiday throughout the Republic in order to accord all Kenyans the opportunity to participate in the State Funeral Service in honor of the life of the late H.E Mwai Kibaki, the third President of the Republic of Kenya,” the notice read.

CS Matiang’i also highlighted Tuesday as a public holiday to commemorate Idd-ul-Fitr, a major religious holiday observed by Muslims around the world to commemorate the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadhan.

Ramadhan is the Islamic calendar’s ninth month. Depending on the lunar cycle, it lasts 29 or 30 days. Believers fast and pray for the entire month. The holy month of Ramadan begins in April for Muslims.