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Kenya bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 6 months of 2015, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

Jan. ⇒ June 2015

Holiday Name
Thu New Year's Day
Fri Good Friday
Mon Easter Monday
Fri Labour Day
Mon Madaraka Day (National Day)
July 2015 ⇒ December 2015 public holidays will be visible to the general public in early 2015.
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Recent News and Updates

24 Jul 2014 Kenyan 2014 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Cabinet secretary in charge of the Interior and Coordination of the National Government, Joseph Ole Lenku, has announced that the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  25 Jun 2014 Kenyan July 7 Public Holiday Bill Dropped (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The bill to declare July 7 (Saba saba) as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya has been dropped, following speaker Thaddeus Rajwayi's comments that the bill would have been DOA due to its unconstitutionality.  19 Jun 2014 Kenyan July 7 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Labour Secretary, Kambi Kazungu, has issued a communiqué denying that Monday, July 7, 2014, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, as had recently been requested/announced by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.  30 May 2014 Kenyan Public Holiday June 2 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan government has announced that it had declared Monday, June 2, 2014, as another day in lieu non-working public holiday in Kenya for the upcoming Madaraka Day annual public holiday of Kenya which falls on a Sunday in 2014.  03 Dec 2013 Kenyan Public Holidays December 12-13 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Cabinet Secretary for Sports Art and Culture, Hassan Arero Wario, has issued a communiqué informing the public that, notwithstanding his previous communiqué, the government of Kenya had decided to declare Friday, December 13, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, as part of the celebrations to mark Kenya's 50th birthday.  25 Nov 2013 Kenyan December 11-13 Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Cabinet Secretary for Sports Art and Culture, Hassan Arero Wario, has issued a communiqué clarifying that the only upcoming non-working public holiday in Kenya is the December 12, annual Jamhuri Day non-working public holiday, and that December 11 and/or December 13, 2013, will not be official non-working public holidays in Kenya.  16 Oct 2013 Kenyan Public Holiday October 21 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, has announced that Monday, October 21, 2013, would be a non-working public holiday in Kenya on account of the annual Mashujaa Day public holiday.  06 Aug 2013 Kenyan 2013 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The Kenyan Government's Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, has announced that the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Friday, August 9, 2013.  23 May 2013 Kenyan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Update (New Vision-Kampala) The former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has re-kindled the call for the member states of the East African Community (EAC), which includes Kenya, to declare November 30 as the East African Day public holiday "to enhance citizens’ participation and awareness in the integration process".  30 Mar 2013 Kenyan Inaugural Public Holiday April 9 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) The head of Kenya's Public Service, Francis Kimemia, has announced that the Government of Kenya will gazette Tuesday, April 9, 2013, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, on account of the upcoming presidential inauguration.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Kenya public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Kenya are regulated by Chapter 110 of the Laws of Kenya, the Public Holidays Act (An Act of Parliament to make provision for public holidays) as amended by law N°47 of 1952, law N°604 of 1963 (section 3), law N°34 of 1964, law N°124 of1964, law N°21 of 1966, law N°190 of 1971 (1st schedule), law N°2 of 1984 (sections 3 and 4), law N°9 of 1990, and law N°10 of 1997, and most recently by Article 9-3 of the 2010 constitution.  Weekend Public Holidays are covered by sections 3 & 4 of the Public Holidays Act, which only applies to holidays listed in section 1 of Schedule 1 of the Public Holidays Act. Holidays listed in sections 2 and 3 of that schedule remain on their set date, regarless of the day of the week.  Muslim holidays, only Eid al Fitr (the End of Ramadan) is an official public holiday. Other Muslim festivals may be celebrated by the Muslim community only.  Diwali: Section 2-3 of the Holidays Act specifies that persons of the Hindu faith are entitled to take Diwali as a paid public holiday.  Kenya International Codes KE and KEN (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ke (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Kenya information and news: Central Bank of Kenya (Kenya central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Kenya maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Kenya), and Wikipedia (includes Kenya commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Kenya, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Kenya, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Kenya. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2015 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Kenya, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Kenya, before planning any trip to Kenya. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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