Today is Jamhuri Day, Kenya’s equivalent of the American 4th of July holiday. Jamhuri is the Swahili word for republic, and on December 12, 1963 Kenya became formally independent from the United Kingdom. Today is Kenya’s 53rd birthday!
Unlike America’s gaining of independence, there was no revolutionary war which followed; rather, the UK peacefully relinquished control to the citizens of Kenya. Most businesses are closed today, and there are many local festivities. Happy Jamhuri day!