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Happy Jamhuri Day to our Kenyan brothers and sisters

Parachutist with giant Kenyan flag

Jamhuri Day (Republic Day) is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year.

Jamhuri Day, also called Independence Day, is one of the most important national holidays in Kenya and formally marks the date when Kenya obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1963. It takes its name from the Swahili word jamhuri (“republic”).

Young Kenyan woman celebrating in trad clothes

Jamhuri Day is marked throughout the country with ceremonies, parades, events and flag-flying. The Trooping of the Colour of the Kenya Defence Forces also takes place every Jamhuri Day.

Because Jamhuri Day has such historical significance, virtually every Kenyan celebrates the holiday to some extent. Celebrations include feasts, political speeches, parades, and dancing.


Images credit: Paul Kagame

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