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Mashujaa Day

Kenya National Holiday in Kenya

Kenya

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Dates of Mashujaa Day
Year Weekday Date
2018 Saturday October 20th
2017 Friday October 20th
2016 Thursday October 20th
2015 Tuesday October 20th
2014 Monday October 20th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Honours all those who contributed towards the struggle for independence

Mashujaa Day is celebrated on 20 October. If 20 October falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a holiday.

Mashujaa is Swahili for Heroes and as such Mashujaa Day is also known as Heroes' Day.

It is a public holiday to honour all Kenyans who have contributed towards the struggle for Kenya's independence.

This holiday used to be known as Kenyatta Day, named after Jomo Kenyatta, who was first Prime Minister and then President of Kenya.

Kenyatta was a prominent campaigner for the independence of Kenya from British rule. He was arrested in October 1952 along with five others (Achieng' Oneko, Bildad Kaggia, Fred Kubai, Kung'u Karumba and Paul Ngei) on charges of being members of the Mau Mau Society, a movement engaged in rebellion against Kenya's British rulers. The accused were known as the 'Kapenguria Six'.

The detainment of the six is seen as prominent event in the struggle for independence and was therefore commemorated with a public holiday on 20 October.

When Kenya adopted a new constitution in August 2010, several changes were made to the public holidays observed in Kenya and Kenyatta Day was renamed to Mashujaa Day and the focus of the day was widened to include all those who contributed to the independence of Kenya.


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