Government declares tomorrow as public holiday to mark Eid-ul-Adha celebration
Government has declared tomorrow, July 20, as a public holiday to mark Eid-ul-Adha celebration in the country.
Eid-ul-Adha also known as the Festival of Sacrifices is a day set aside by Muslims
to commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to obey Allah’s command to sacrifice his son.
According to a statement issued in Accra on Saturday and signed by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, the occasion was vital for the observance of the public holiday throughout the country by Ghanaians.
“The general public is hereby informed that Tuesday, 20th July 2021, which marks Eid-ul-Adha, is a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country,” the statement added.
For the second year in a row, many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar, under stringent Covid-19 restrictions.
The “Festival of the Sacrifice”, as it is known, centres around prayer and animal sacrifice.
It is not always easy to predict when Eid al-Adha will take place; it follows the Islamic Hijri calendar which is based on the lunar rather than Gregorian cycle.
The festival always falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, which begins with the confirmed sighting of a crescent moon. Some countries and religious communities follow Saudi Arabia’s official sighting, while others await their own.