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Public Holidays Act

The Purpose Of The Act Is To Provide For Public Holidays To Be Observed Within The Republic Of Kenya.

  1. New Year’s Day-1st January
  2. Good Friday- March or April
  3. Easter Monday- March or April
  4. Labour Day-1st May
  5. Madaraka Day-1st June
  6. Idd-ul-fitr-date depends on sighting of the moon
  7. Mashujaa Day-20th October
  8. Jamuhuri Day-12th December
  9. Christmas Day-25th December
  10. Boxing Day-26th December
  11. Idd-Ul-Adha is a public holiday for persons of belonging to the Islamic faith. The date is determined upon sighting of the moon
  12. Diwali is a public holiday for all persons belonging to the Hindu faith, which falls on a date to be determined by the Hindu calendar.
  13. The day on which a general election is held is a public holiday.

Section 3 - Any other public holiday may be declared by The Minister (currently the Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security) at any time if he thinks fit, through a Gazette notice

Section 4 - where a public holiday  falls on a Sunday, the first succeeding day, not being a public holiday, shall be a public holiday.

Section 5(1) - the head of a Government department may require employees in the department to perform normal duties on such public holidays as he/she deems fit.

Section 5(2) - where under any other written law or agreement an employee may be required to work on public holidays, or otherwise the same prevail over the provisions of this act.

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