The Kano State Government, Northwest Nigeria, has approved a ten-day holiday for schools in the state as Muslims all over the world celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah).
The spokesperson of the Kano State Ministry of Education Alhaji Aliyu Yusuf stated in a statement that the holiday would begin on Thursday, July 7 (today) to Sunday, July 17.
The ministry directed all school heads to ensure boarding students return to school on July 17. Day students are to resume on July 18, the date for resumption of academic activities.
As of the time of publishing this report, the Federal Government of Nigeria is yet to announce a public holiday for the Sallah celebration.
The Sallah festival is a popular Muslim festival that brings Muslims around the world together in celebration.
It is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, Isma’il (Ishmail) as an act of submission to God’s (Allah) command.
The festival is popularly known as Eid-el-Kabir, and is also called Eid-al-Adha.
In English, the Sallah festival name translates to the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’ or the ‘Sacrifice Feast’.