Kenya’s interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i today announced that the country will celebrate its first Utamaduni day on Monday, 11th October. Through a statement the ministry of interior noted that, “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, October 10, 2021.
The statement continues to note, “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 emphasize the need for all citizens to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Kenya in a manner that promotes unity, national cohesion and economic progress in the country.”
Until last year, October 10th in Kenyan calendar was celebrated as a Moi Day holiday in honor of the late retired president Daniel Arap Moi. Utamaduni Day in Kenya will from now henceforth be used to celebrate the country’s rich cultural diversity and heritage.