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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

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.

Muslim and Hindu holidays as well as the Christian Easter celebration are based on a lunar cycle. Because of this, they will fall on different days each year. Kenya is a very diverse country with many different cultural, religious, and professional backgrounds. Many of these different groups also celebrate certain holidays in their specific areas or within their cultural group. These celebrations are acknowledged by the Kenyan Parliament, but they are not officially recognised as public holidays. For instance, the Parliament also requests that Idd-ul-Azha, the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, and Dawali, the Hindu Festival of Light, be acknowledged by employers for those who practice these faiths. These two holidays are not National Holidays but religious holidays that have significance for people of their corresponding faiths.

The Minister of Kenya, by law, holds the right to create additional holidays, change dates of holidays, or make special holidays in the country or within certain districts based on national events. The Minister must broadcast this special holiday in the Gazette. Special holidays are only recognised for that year and will not be celebrated in any future years.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
1 JunThuMadaraka Day / National Day
26 JunMonIdd ul Fitr / End of Ramadan *
2 SepSatIdd ul Azha *
(Muslims only)
18 OctWedDiwali
(Hindus only)
20 OctFriMashujaa Day
12 DecTueJamhuri Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

* Subject to changes.