Holidays and festivals in Kenya reveal the intricate history and diverse cultures of the folks. In truth, Kenyans adore their holidays, they even developed a single to celebrate the US President Obama's win in the course of the 2007 elections!
Calendar of national holidays and festivals
New Year's Day – 1st January – Marks the start out of New Year
Fantastic Friday and Easter Monday – The Friday or Monday ahead of and following Easter, based on the date of Easter – Mark Easter celebrations, a Christian vacation
Labor Day – 1st Might – International workers' day
Madaraka Day – 1st June – A commemoration of Kenya's internal self-rule status in 1963
Mashujaa/Heroes Day (formerly Kenyatta day) – 20th October – Changed from a vacation meant to commemorate Kenya's initial president Jomo Kenyatta to a vacation that celebrates all statesmen involved in the struggle for Kenya's freedom
Jamhuri Day – 12th December – Commemorates the day Kenya became a Republic in 1964 and attained independence in 1963
Christmas Day – 25th December – International Christian vacation
Boxing Day – 26th December – Traditionally a day exactly where workers acquire gifts from their employers, in Kenya it is further time to devote with loved ones and buddies to unwind following the hype of Christmas.
Calendar of notable countrywide festivals
Art Festivals – March – Also referred to as the East African Art Festival, this 3-day occasion is held in Nairobi for exhibitors drawn from the entirety of East Africa. On show are performs of art such as paintings and artifacts, and so on.
Rhino Charge Festival – June – Meant to mobilize funds to create a perimeter fence in the Aberdare National Park to defend endangered Black Rhino, this festival is an adrenaline-charging, off-road rally and it tests your mastery in driving across rough terrain consisting of boulders, hills, valleys, shrubs and embankments.
Lewa Marathon – June – An annual fundraising marathon across the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy consisting of a 26.two mile race by means of a forest, bush course, openland and going up hills.
Kenya Safari Rally – July – An electrifying two-day auto rally consisting of driving by means of muddy roads, open plains and wilderness and negotiating Kenya's wildlife.
Maralal Camel Derby – August – An annual occasion featuring fierce camel races is held midyear in Maralal town attracting each neighborhood and international spectators and competitors.
Safari Sevens Rugby Tournament – September or October – An annual worldwide rugby competitors held in Nairobi, Safari Sevens separates the wheat and the chuff in Kenya's rugby.
Kenya Tourism Week – September – A a single-week occasion that showcases Kenya's art and music, cuisine and numerous cultures.
Lamu Cultural Festival – November – A blend of what is contemporary and standard is held in the Coastal town of Lamu to show arts, customs and traditions of the locals.
Mombasa Carnival – November – A well-known festival that revels varied traditions and ethnicity in Kenya. Held in Mombasa city, the festival functions colorful parades, meals, poetry, music and dances popularly identified as “Taarab” and colorful costumes.