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Kenya Public Holidays 2017

Today – 24 October 2017 – is not a holiday in Kenya.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Update: The government has gazetted October 26 (Thursday) a public holiday to allow Kenyans to take part in the voting of Presidential election.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
1 JunThuMadaraka Day
26 JunMonIdd ul Fitr
8 AugTueGeneral Election Day
2 SepSatIdd ul Azha *
18 OctWedDiwali (Hindus only)
20 OctFriMashujaa Day
26 OctThuPresidential Election Day
12 DecTueJamhuri Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

— Idd ul Azha is a public holiday observed by Muslims only.

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.

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.

* Subject to changes.

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