State declares Monday public holiday to mark Utamaduni Day

Utamaduni Day

A traditional dance performance at the Bomas of Kenya during the 2019 Utamaduni Day. The government has declared Monday, October 11, 2021 a public holiday to celebrate Utamaduni Day which falls on Sunday.

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The government has declared Monday, October 11, 2021 a public holiday.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

In a public statement, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said October 11 will be a public holiday by virtue of Utamaduni Day falling on Sunday, October 10, 2021

“In line with the provisions of Section 2 and 4 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap 110), it is hereby confirmed that 11th October 2021 will be a public holiday, by dint of Utamaduni Day falling on Sunday 10th October 2021.

“Whereas this day is already conferred by law, this shall be the first time that Utamaduni Day is observed in Kenya and this press release serves to emphasise the need for all citizens to recognise and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Kenya in a manner that promotes unity, national cohesion and economic progress in the country,” the statement read.

Dr Matiang'i noted that this will be the first ever Utamaduni Day celebration to be held in Kenya.

He called on Kenyans to celebrate the rich cultural diversity in the country in a manner that promotes unity and economic progress.

Previously, the day was marked as Moi Day before the name was later changed to Huduma Day and later Utamaduni Day.

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