Monday is not a holiday — Matiang’i

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Oct 25th 2019 at 11:23
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The Ministry of Interior on Friday morning dismissed claims that Monday October 28,2019, will be a public holiday to mark Diwali celebrations.

Through a tweet on its official twitter page, the ministry asked Kenyans to ignore the statement.

“Kindly ignore a gazette notice circulating on social media claiming Monday 28th October 2019 to be a public holiday.

“Monday 28th remains a normal working day,” read the post.

A fake gazette notice that was doing rounds on Friday stated that Monday had been declared a public holiday.

Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a four-to-five day-long (varying as per the Hindu Calendar) festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance."

Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.

The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.

In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces.

During the climax, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja (worship) to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.

Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.

Kindly ignore a gazette notice circulating on social media claiming Monday 28th October 2019 to be a public holiday. Monday 28th remains a normal working day. pic.twitter.com/dkBgVugFbH — Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) October 25, 2019

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