KAMPALA, UGANDA: Government of Uganda has through the Ministry of Public Service declared tomorrow (Tuesday, July 20, 2021) a public holiday for Eid al-Adha celebrations countrywide.
This was announced today, Monday in a letter addressed to the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance from the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Mrs. Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire requesting for the announcement to be passed out on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Network (UBC).
“This is to request you to relay the following announcement from the Minister of Public Service on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Network,” said part of the letter.
This means all public offices in the country, commercial entities like banks and others will be closed tomorrow to observe the day Muslims consider the festival of the sacrifice.
“The Honorable Minister of Public Service informs the general public that Tuesday 20th July 2021 is Eid Adhuha and will be observed as a Public Holiday throughout Uganda,” the PS said in the letter.
Eid al-Adha honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, Allah provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.
No public celebrations
The Minister of Public Service, Hon Wilson Muruli Mukasa clearly stated that there will be no public celebrations tomorrow as all citizens are expected to observe the COVID-19 guidelines.
“Due to the prevailing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on gatherings to prevent the 2nd wave infections, the day shall be observed and celebrated from home,” he said.