What is Jamhuri Day and why is it celebrated in Kenya?

Google Jamhuri Day doodle
A Google doodle celebrates he 54th Jamhuri Day. Photo: Google

Today is the 54th Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year.

Jamhuri is the Swahili word for “republic” and the holiday officially marks the date of Kenya’s independence which happened on 12 December 1963 after gaining full self-governance from the United Kingdom on 1st June 1963.

Jamhuri Day is regarded as Kenya’s most important day, marked by numerous festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage and looks back at her journey to independence.

The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, used his Twitter account to pass on his best wishes, posting: “Happy #JamhuriDay to all Kenyans! May it be a day to celebrate everything that is great about this great country.”

Also using Twitter to mark the 54th Jamhuri Day, the Irish Embassy said: “Happy Jamhuri Day to all our Kenyan friends.”

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