Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Monday issued an order moving the Bakrid festival’s official holiday to Wednesday (July 21).
The holiday was observed on Tuesday, according to government calendars (July 20). Tuesday will be a working day for all state government organisations under the new regulation.
Banks will operate on Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday.
In anticipation of Bakrid, the government had previously granted relaxations to businesses across the states, allowing all textiles, footwear, jewellery outlets, home appliance stores, and those selling essential items to open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 18, 19, and 20 in category A, B, and C areas from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
These shops can only open on July 19 in D category locations.
Kerala will observe Eid al-Adha on July 21, whilst the rest of India will observe it on July 20. When it comes to setting the date for Eid al-Adha, Kerala follows Saudi Arabia’s lead.
The Muslim community celebrates Eid al-Adha on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah (the twelfth and the last month of the Islamic calendar). The festival’s date is determined by the appearance of the crescent moon.
The announcement was made last week by top Muslim clerics in Kerala, including Abdul Hayy Shihabudheen Thangal, Kozhikode Qazi Sayyid Muhammad Koya Jamalulaili Thangal, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musliyar, Palayam Imam VP Suhaib Moulavi, and Dakshina Kerala Jamiat-ul-Ulema general secretary Muhammed Kunju Moulavi.
The date has also been confirmed by Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal and President of Samastha Kerala Jem’iyyathul Ulema Jifri Muthukkoya Thangal.