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Kenya Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Kenya public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of August 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Kenya public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Kenya public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Aug
  • 18
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  • Kenya Rules-Out August 26 Census Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The President’s Strategic Communications Unit, PSCU, of Kenya, has announced that, contrary to earlier reports, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, did in fact not announce that August 26th, 2019, would be a public holiday in Kenya to facilitate the upcoming census process.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • Kenya Declares August 26 Census Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has announced that his government had agreed to the request by the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS), and would declare Monday, August 26, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya to facilitate the upcoming census process.
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  • Aug
  • 11
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  • Kenya Mulls August 26 Census Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Acting Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yattani, has announced that the team of the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) had requested that the Kenyan government declare Monday, August 26, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya to facilitate the census process.
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  • Aug
  • 6
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  • Kenya 2019 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday August 12

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan Interior Ministry Spokesperson, Wangui Muchiri, has announced that a special Gazette Notice would be coming soon, declaring Monday, August 12, 2019, a public holiday to mark the Eid ul Adha (Feast of Scarifice) annual public holiday of Kenya.
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  • Jun
  • 3
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  • Kenyan 2019 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday Announced

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has issued a gazette notice announcing that, pursuant to the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday for Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
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2018

  • Oct
  • 8
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  • Kenya Declares October 10 Public Holiday

    The Nation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, has announced that the government of Kenya had declared Wednesday, October 10, 2018, as a public holiday, even as his Interior ministry was in the process of making proposals to Parliament for a comprehensive review of the Public Holidays Act, Cap 110.
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  • Oct
  • 1
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  • Kenya October 10 Moi Public Holiday Uncertain

    The Nation (Nairobi) - Uncertainty abounds in Kenya about the status of the upcoming Moi Day, as Kenya's Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i, has not yet announced whether October 10, 2018, would be a non-working public holiday, or not, in Kenya.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • Kenya 2018 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i, has released a special Gazette Notice declaring next Tuesday, August 21, 2018, a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Azha.
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  • Jun
  • 12
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  • Kenyan 2018 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In a gazette notice the Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has signed a notice announcing that, pursuant to section 3 of the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Friday, June 15, 2018.
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  • Jun
  • 2
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  • Kenya Reiterates Idd Ul Fitr Date Rules

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The head of media at Jamia Mosque, Nairobi, Abu Ayman Abusufian, has confirmed that the hands of the Chief Kadhi are tied as pertains to the annual date of the Idd Ul Fitr non-working public holiday of Kenya, whose calculation is clearly spelled-out in the Kenyan Public Holidays Act.
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2017

  • Nov
  • 23
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  • Kenya Public Holiday November 28

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, has announced that the government of Kenya had declared Tuesday, November 28, 2017, as a public holiday to allow for the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for the second term in office.
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  • Nov
  • 9
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  • Kenya Restores October 10 Moi Public Holiday

    The Nation (Nairobi) - Judge George Odunga of Kenya's High Court has ruled that the omission of Moi Day, on October 10, as a public holiday in Kenya, since 2010, was "an illegality and a contravention of the Public Holidays Act" and that "unless and until Parliament amends Schedule 1 of the said Act or the minister substitutes the same for another date, the 10th of October in each year shall continue being a Public Holiday".
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  • Oct
  • 24
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  • Kenya Extends Electoral Public Holidays

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has extended the public holidays on account of the upcoming general elections, by also declaring Wednesday, October 25, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya ("In exercise of powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Wednesday, the 25th October, 2017 be a public holiday to accord Kenyans the opportunity to participate in the Fresh Presidential Election").
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  • Oct
  • 19
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday October 26

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Following on the heels of the recent decision by Kenya‘s election commission to move the upcoming general elections re-vote ordered by the Supreme Court, from Tuesday, October 17, 2017, to Thursday, October 26, 2017, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, has gazetted Thursday, October 26, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Kenya, "to allow Kenyans to vote in the repeat presidential election".
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  • Sep
  • 4
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday Expected October 17

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya‘s election commission has set Tuesday, October 17, 2017, as the date for the general elections re-vote ordered by the Supreme Court when it annulled the August 8, 2017, poll won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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  • Aug
  • 30
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  • Kenya Restricts 2017 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i, has announced that employers could allow Muslim workers a day off on Friday, September 1st, 2017, to mark the coming Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday, but that this would not be a nationwide public holiday as was the case last year.
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  • Aug
  • 1
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday August 8

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has announced that Tuesday, August 8, 2017 has been declared a public holiday in Kenya to coincide with the upcoming general elections.
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  • Jun
  • 21
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  • Kenyan 2017 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In a gazette notice the Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, has signed a notice announcing that, pursuant to section 3 of the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Monday, June 26, 2017.
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2016

  • Dec
  • 29
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday January 2

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Interior Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan government, Joseph Nkaissery, has announced that the Kenyan government had declared Monday, January 2, 2017, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Kenya for the upcoming New Year annual public holiday of Kenya which falls on a Sunday in 2017.
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  • Dec
  • 23
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday December 27

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Interior Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan government, Joseph Nkaissery, has announced that the Kenyan government had declared Tuesday, December 27, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Kenya for the upcoming Christmas and Boxing Day annual public holidays of Kenya which overlap the weekend in 2016.
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  • Sep
  • 9
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  • Kenyan 2016 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In a gazette notice the Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, announced that, pursuant to section 3 of the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the upcoming annual Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya had been declared a nationwide non-working public holiday for all Kenyans, to be observed on Monday, September 12, 2016.
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  • Jul
  • 1
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  • Kenyan 2016 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In a gazette notice dated Friday, July 1, the Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, has signed a gazette notice announcing that, pursuant to section 3 of the Public Holidays Act of Kenya, the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Thursday, July 7, 2016.
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  • Apr
  • 29
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  • Kenyan Public Holiday May 2

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Interior Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan government, Joseph Nkaissery, has announced that the Kenyan government had declared Monday, May 2, 2016, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Kenya for the upcoming Labour Day annual public holiday of Kenya which falls on a Sunday in 2016.
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2015

  • Nov
  • 24
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  • Kenyan Papal Public Holiday November 26

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In another flip-flop, earlier today, Kenyan State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, announced that the government of Kenya had declared Thursday, November 26, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kenya.
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  • Nov
  • 22
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  • Kenyan November 26-27 Papal Public Holidays Ruled-Out

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, after a month of repeated hints that Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, 2015, might be declared as one-off non-working public holidays in Kenya on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kenya, has finally announced that the government of Kenya had opted not to declare Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays in Kenya on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kenya.
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  • Nov
  • 9
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  • Kenya Mulls November 26-27 Public Holidays

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, has announced that the government of Kenya was now considering declaring both Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, 2015, as one-off non-working public holidays in Kenya on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kenya.
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  • Oct
  • 25
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  • Kenya Mulls November 26 Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, has announced that the government of Kenya was considering declaring Thursday, November 26, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya on account of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Kenya.
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  • Jul
  • 10
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  • Kenyan 2015 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan Government's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaiserry, has signed a gazette notice announcing that the date of the annual non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Saturday, July 18, 2015.
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2014

  • Jul
  • 24
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  • 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.
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  • Jun
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Jun
  • 19
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 30
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  • 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.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 3
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  • 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.
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  • Nov
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Oct
  • 16
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  • 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.
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  • Aug
  • 6
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  • 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.
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  • May
  • 23
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  • 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".
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  • Mar
  • 30
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  • 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.
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  • Mar
  • 7
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  • Kenyan Public Sector Holidays To End Tomorrow

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The head of Kenya's Public Service, Francis Kimemia, has ordered all civil servants still observing an extension of the previously-announced March 4 electoral public holiday, to be back at work by 8am tomorrow morning.
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  • Feb
  • 26
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  • Kenyan Electoral Public Holiday March 4

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The head of Kenya's Public Service, Francis Kimemia, has announced that the Government of Kenya had finally declared Monday, March 4, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya, on account of the upcoming Presidential and General Elections.
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  • Feb
  • 3
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  • Kenyan Inauguration Public Holidays Dates Announced

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia, has announced the dates for the Kenyan non-working public holidays associated with the upcoming Kenyan Presidential Inauguration.
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  • Jan
  • 9
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  • Kenyan Calls For Primaries Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan MPs allied to the National Alliance party (TNA) have called on the government of Kenya to declare Thursday, January 17, 2013, a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya "to enable political parties to conduct their primaries smoothly".
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2012

  • Dec
  • 12
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  • Kenyan Registration Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has announced that the government of Kenya would not declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Kenya to enable people to go register as voters for the upcoming presidential elections.
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  • Aug
  • 13
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  • Kenyan 2012 Idd Ul Fitr Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan Government's Head of the Civil Service has announced that the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) in Kenya would be Monday, August 20, 2012.
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  • Aug
  • 2
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  • Kenyan Inaugural Public Holiday Bill Tabled

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Assumption of Office of The President Bill was tabled as a constitutional bill in Kenya's Parliament and confirms earlier announcements that the date of future presidential inaugurations would be non-working public holidays in Kenya.
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  • Jun
  • 8
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  • Kenyan 2013 Electoral Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - In the wake of the Kenyan Government's withdrawal of the controversial Constitution Amendment Bill, it has been confirmed that an official non-working public holiday would be declared on the day the next President inauguration.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • Kenya December 27 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan Government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, has issued a statement declaring that Tuesday, December 27, 2011, would not be a non-working public holiday throughout Kenya, as had been widely rumoured.
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  • Sep
  • 13
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  • Kenya Declares 2-Day National Mourning

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Cabinet of the government of Kenya has declared Wednesday and Thursday, September 14 and 15, 2011, as days of national mourning following the recent Sinai fire disaster.
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  • Aug
  • 19
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  • Kenya Declares August 31 Idd Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan Government's Head of the Civil Service, Francis Muthaura, has announced that the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) would be Wednesday, August 31, 2011.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • Kenya Clarifies Public Holidays

    Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service (Office of the President of Kenya) - Kenya's Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Francis K. Muthaura, has issued a memo clarifying the list of, and rules regulating, public holidays in Kenya, following the recent promulgation of the new Kenyan Constitution.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 23
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  • Kenya Cancels December 27 Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan government, through government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, has announced that contrary to earlier announcements, Monday, December 27, 2010, would not be a public holiday in Kenya.
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  • Dec
  • 10
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  • Kenya Declares December 13 Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan government has announced that it had declared Monday, December 13, 2010, as a day in lieu public holiday for the upcoming Jamhuri Day public holiday.
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  • Oct
  • 7
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  • Kenya Cancels October 10-11 Public Holidays

    The Nation (Nairobi) - Earlier today, Kenya's government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, has announced that, effective immediately, and as per the recently-promulgated new constitution, October 10, the day previously observed as Moi Day, is no longer a public holiday.
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  • Sep
  • 8
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  • Kenya End of Ramadan Public Holiday On Saturday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Head of Public Service, Francis Muthaura, has announced that, by Friday, he will have gazetted a public holiday to mark the end of the month of Ramadhan (Eid-Ul-Fitr) on Saturday, September 11, 2010.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Kenya Declares August 27 Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Earlier this afternoon, Kenyan governmental spokesman, Alfred Mutua, announced that the government of Kenya had declared Friday, August 27, 2010, a one-off public holiday to give Kenyans time to witness the promulgation of the new Constitution.
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  • Aug
  • 10
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  • Kenya Moves Constitutional Promulgation To August 27

    The Standard (Nairobi) - Kenyan President Kibaki has announced Friday, August 27, 2010, as the date of the promulgation the new constitution, rather than the previously announced date of August 20.
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  • Aug
  • 8
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  • Kenya Set To Declare August 20 Public Holiday

    The Standard (Nairobi) - Following this past week's constitutional referendum, the Kenyan media are reporting that, "according to impeccable sources", Friday, August 20, 2010, will soon be declared a one-off public holiday to allow Kenyans to witness the promulgation of the new constitution.
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  • Jul
  • 30
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  • Kenya Declares August 4 Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, has agreed to declare Wednesday, August 4, 2010, the date of the upcoming constitutional referendum, a one-off public holiday "to allow Kenyans to fully take part at the referendum on the draft law".
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  • Jul
  • 28
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  • Kenyan August 4 Public Holiday Update

    Interim Independent Electoral Commision (Republic of Kenya) - The Chairman of Kenya's Interim Independent Electoral Commission, Ahmed Isaack Hassan, has asked Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, to declare Wednesday, August 4, 2010, the date of the upcoming constitutional referendum date, a public holiday.
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  • May
  • 14
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  • Kenya Could Declare August 4 Public Holiday

    Capital FM (Nairobi) - The Chairman of Kenya's Interim Independent Electoral Commission, Ahmed Isaack Hassan, has announced that the date for the upcoming Constitutional Referendum was set for August 4, 2010.
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  • Apr
  • 27
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  • Kenya Could Declare April 30 Public Holiday

    Interim Independent Electoral Commision (Republic of Kenya) - The Chairman of Kenya's Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC), Ahmed Isaack Hassan, has asked the government of Kenya to declare Friday, April 30, 2010, as a one-off public holiday to allow people to enable Kenyans register as voters.
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  • Feb
  • 25
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  • Kenya Could Declare February 28 Public Holiday

    The Nation (Nairobi) - The Kenyan Government is considering declaring February 28 as an annual national public holiday to commemorate the signing of the February 28, 2008, National Peace Accord.
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2009

  • Nov
  • 25
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  • Kenya Idd-ul-Adha Date Bickering

    The Nation (Mombasa) - Muslims in Kenya are left unsure when to celebrate the upcoming Idd-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 21
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  • Kenyan Constitutional Reform Would Keep Only 3 Public Holidays

    Capital FM (Nairobi) - Kenya's Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review has released a draft of constitutional amendments which would only keep 3 public holidays in Kenya.
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  • Sep
  • 11
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  • Kenya Moves Idd-Ul-Fitr Public Holiday Date

    Office of the Government Spokesperson of Kenya (Nairobi) - Kenya's Head of the Public Service, and secretary to the Cabinet, Francis K. Muthaura, has announced that the upcoming Idd-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) public holiday would be observed, in Kenya, on Monday, September 21, 2009.
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  • Aug
  • 23
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  • Kenya Declares August 25 Census Public Holiday

    Sunday Nation (Nairobi) - Earlier today, Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki, declared Tuesday, August 25, 2009, as a, one-off, census public holiday.
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2008

  • Dec
  • 4
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  • Kenya's Idd-Ul-Adhha Not A Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (Nairobi) - Kenya's Government Spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, has announced that last year's declaration of a public holiday for the Idd-Ul-Adhha Muslim festival was a one-off event and that this year's Idd-Ul-Adhha would not be a public holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 5
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  • Kenya Declares November 6 Public Holiday To Celebrate Barack Obama's Election

    Associated Press (Kogelo, Kenya) - The President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, has declared Thursday, November 6, 2008, as a one-off public holiday in Kenya to "celebrate the historic achievement by Senator Obama and our country".
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  • Sep
  • 26
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  • Kenya Confirms October 1st End of Ramadan Public Holiday

    The Standard - Kenya's Government Spokesman, Alfred Mutua, has announced that the Government of Kenya had gazetted, Wednesday, October 1, 2008, as a public holiday to mark the Idd ul Fitr (End of Ramadan) Muslim festival.
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  • Jan
  • 3
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  • Kenya Bank Holiday Today

    Reuters - Due to continued civil unrest and lack of transportation to get staff on premises, the banks and financial institutions of Kenya have declared today, Thursday, January 3, 2008, a bank holiday in Kenya.
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2007

  • Dec
  • 30
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  • Kenya December 31 Post-Election Public Holiday

    Reuters - Shortly after being sworn-in for a second term, President Mwai Kibaki declared tomorrow, Monday, December 31, 2007, as a one-off public holiday, "to accord all Kenyans the rest they deserved [after] the hectic time the country had during the electioneering period".
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  • Dec
  • 20
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  • Kenya Declares December 28 National Public Holiday

    Kenya Braodcasting Corporation - Government spokesperson, Alfred Mutua, announced that Friday, December 28, 2007, the day after the upcoming presidential election, would be a one-off public holiday in order for Kenyans to be able to travel, vote and return back to their workplace.
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  • Dec
  • 14
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  • Kenya's New Id-ul-Hajj Public Holiday Gazetted For December 19

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation - The Government of Kenya has finally gazetted the new public holiday of Id-ul-Hajj on Wednesday, December 19, 2007.
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  • Nov
  • 6
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  • Kenya Adds Idd-Ul-Hajj Public Holiday

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation - President Mwai Kibaki has directed that Idd-Ul-Hajj (also known as Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice) will henceforth be a public holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 5
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  • Kenya's ODM Promises 2-Day January Public Holiday If Elected

    The Standard (Nairobi) - Presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, recently promised that he would make January 2 and 3, 2008, one-off public holidays if he is elected president in the upcoming December 27 elections.
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  • May
  • 10
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  • Kenya Clarifies Public Holiday Status of May 14

    The Nation - Monday May 14, 2007, is not a public holiday, the Government clarified yesterday.
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  • May
  • 8
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  • Kenya Declares May 14 National Day Of Mourning

    Kenya Times - President Mwai Kibaki declared next Monday, May 14, 2007, a national mourning and prayer day for families of those who perished in the recent crash of flight Kenya Airways flight KQ 507.
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2006

  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Kenya Bank And Financial Holiday On October 24

    Kenya Times - All financial institutions will be closed on October 24, 2006.
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  • Apr
  • 19
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  • Kenya Declares April 21 Public Holiday

    Capital FM (Nairobi) - Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki, declared this coming Friday, April 21, 2006, as a one-off public holiday and national prayer day following the recent plane crash in Marsabit where 14 people died.
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2005

  • Nov
  • 17
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  • Kenya Declares November 22 Public Holiday

    Official Gazette of the Republic of Kenya (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has declared Tuesday, November 22, 2005, as a one-off public holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 16
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  • Kenya Declares November 21 Public Holiday

    KBC Radio (Nairobi) - Kenya's Attorney-General, Amos Wako, has announced that Monday, November 21, 2005, had been declared a one-off public holiday to coincide with the upcoming constitutional referendum.
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  • Oct
  • 18
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  • Kenya Announces End of Ramadan Public Holiday

    Official Gazette of the Republic of Kenya (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has published the Gazette Notice 8443, "Declaration Of A Public Holiday Iddul-Fitr", which declares Friday, November 4th, 2005, as a public holiday, marking Idd- ul-Fitr.
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  • Sep
  • 6
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  • Kenya Asked For November 21 Referendum Public Holiday

    Capital FM (Nairobi) - The Chairman of Kenya's Electoral Commission, Samuel Kivuitu, wants the government to declare Monday, November 21, 2005, a public holiday on the occasion of that day's referendum.
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2003

  • Oct
  • 8
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  • Kenya Confirms Moi Day Public Holiday

    Daily Nation (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has confirmed that the upcoming, Moi Day, public holiday, on October 10, would be an official non-working public holiday, despite Mr. Moi having left office in December of last year.
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2002

  • Dec
  • 30
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  • Kenya Declares January 2 Public Holiday

    BBC Monitoring International Reports - Newly elected Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, has declared Thursday, January 2, 2003, a one-off post-election public holiday to allow Kenyans to celebrate their victory.
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  • Nov
  • 27
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  • Kenyan November 30 EAC Public Holiday Suggested

    The Kenya Times - A group of journalists from the three East African Community (EAC) states of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, have suggested to declare November 30 as an annual public holiday common to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
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  • Oct
  • 9
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  • Kenya Cancels Moi Day Public Holiday Celebration

    KBC Radio (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has announced that the formal celebration of the annual, October 10, Moi Day public holiday would henceforth be canceled.
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1998

  • Jan
  • 27
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  • Kenyan 1998 Idd-ul-Fitr Public Holiday January 30

    KBC Radio (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has announced that the date of the non-working public holiday in Kenya for the upcoming Idd-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan), will be Friday, January 30, 1998.
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1997

  • Dec
  • 29
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  • Kenya Declares December 30 Additional Public Holiday

    KBC Radio (Nairobi) - Kenyan Electoral Commission chairman, Samuel Kivuitu, has confirmed that the Kenyan government had declared Tuesday, December 30, 1997, a one-off public holiday, following the Commission's extension of polling for a day at several stations.
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  • Dec
  • 15
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  • Kenya Declares December 29 Electoral Public Holiday

    KBC Radio (Nairobi) - The government of Kenya has declared Monday, December 29th, 1997, as a one-off public holiday.
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See also: Kenya bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Background Information (Kenya)