Kenya Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

The Republic of Kenya celebrates many national and religious holidays throughout the year. The Kenyan Parliament has set aside specific holidays that are celebrated the same day each year as national holidays, and requires all people be given the right to commemorate holidays on their celebrated day.

The Parliament has established that all national holidays are days off from work. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following business day is acknowledged as the holiday. Employers and government officials can ask employees to work on those days with proper forms of compensation, such as extra pay for the holiday work or a different paid day off.


1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as New Years Day falls on a Sunday
14 AprFriGood Friday - Is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. International Catholic holiday
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
1 JunThursMadaraka Day - Commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963. If 1 June falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a holiday. Madraka is the Swahili word for 'power'
26 JunMonEid Al Fitr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
1 SeptFriEid ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
20 OctFriMashujaa Day - Mashujaa in Swahili language is Heroes and as such Mashujaa Day is also known as Heroes' Day. Honours all those who contributed towards the struggle for independence
12 DecTueJamhuri Day - Also known as Independence Day or Republic Day. Commemorates two events: Marks the date of the independence of Kenya from the UK in 1963 and its establishment as a republic the following year on 12 December 1964
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christian celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day (Celebrated on 26th December) - The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate

1 JanWedNew Year's Day
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayThursLabour Day
1 JunSunMadaraka Day
2 JunMonMadaraka Day Holiday
29 JulTueEid Al Fitr
4 OctSatFeast of the Sacrifice
20 OctMonMashujaa Day
12 DecFriJamhuri Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriBoxing Day

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayFriLabour Day
1 JunMonMadaraka Day
17 JulFriEid Al Fitr
23 SeptWedFeast of the Sacrifice
20 OctTueMashujaa Day
12 DecSatJamhuri Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
1 MaySunLabour Day
1 JunWedMadaraka Day
7 JulThursEid Al Fitr
11 SeptSunFeast of the Sacrifice
20 OctThursMashujaa Day
12 DecMonJamhuri Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (International Catholic holiday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day
1 JunFriMadaraka Day (Commemorates the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963)
15 JunFriEid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
22 AugWedIdd-Ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
20 OctSatMashujaa Day (Honours all those who contributed towards the struggle for independence)
12 DecWedJamhuri Day (Marks the date of Kenya's establishment as a republic on 12 December 1964)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day (Celebrated on 26th December)

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