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A preview of the Kenya bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Kenya Public Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Sat Labour Day
        Fri Idd ul Fitr / Idd Baraza (End of Ramadan)
June    Tue Madaraka Day (National Day)
July    Wed Idd-ul-Azha (only for Muslims) Muslim
Oct.    Wed Mashujaa Day (National Day)
Nov.    Thu Diwali (only for Hindus) Hindu
Dec.    Mon Jamhuri Day Holiday
        Sat Christmas Day
        Mon Christmas Holiday
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

04 Sep 2017 Kenyan Public Holiday Expected October 17 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) Kenyas 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.  30 Aug 2017 Kenya Restricts 2017 Idd-ul-Adha Public Holiday (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-Nairobi) Kenya's Interior Minister, Fred Matiangi, 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.  01 Aug 2017 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.  21 Jun 2017 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.  29 Dec 2016 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.  23 Dec 2016 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.  09 Sep 2016 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.  01 Jul 2016 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.  29 Apr 2016 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.  24 Nov 2015 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.  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 N47 of 1952, law N604 of 1963 (section 3), law N34 of 1964, law N124 of1964, law N21 of 1966, law N190 of 1971 (1st schedule), law N2 of 1984 (sections 3 and 4), law N9 of 1990, and law N10 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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Kenya, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Kenya that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Kenya were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Kenya, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.


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 2021 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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