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Kenyans Can’t Wait Until Next Year to Celebrate Utamaduni Day

by Zablon Ondari
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Kenyans will next year celebrate this day, 26th December, that is traditionally observed as Boxing Day, as Utamaduni Day, following a recent Cabinet decision.

Boxing Day originated in the United Kingdom and in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.

In some European countries such as Romania, Hungary, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Scandinavia, 26th December is celebrated as a second Christmas Day.

Speaking to LitKenya News,  Peter Kimani, a resident of Nairobi, said that Boxing Day is his day for dealing with the leftovers, as he doesn’t understand the real purpose of it.

“Boxing Day for me is a day to eat what was left on Christmas Day, ” said Kimani. 

The declaration of Utamaduni Day had been proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report, but was quickly endorsed by the Cabinet. 

Utamaduni Day will be an occasion to give Kenyans an opportunity to appreciate the country’s cultural diversity and heritage of the 42 or so different communities.  

According to the BBI report, Kenya is made up of cultures that have at their core the development of ethical and honourable people. 

The report states that our national ethos will emerge from expanding the sense of belonging beyond our blood ties so that we come to regard every Kenyan, and our collective existence as a nation to be worthy of our personal commitment and ownership. We will need to have conversations and initiatives that allow us to innovatively combine the young, dynamic and urbanising cultures with the enduring wisdom of our diverse cultures. 

The task force believes it is profoundly important that we give ourselves an official and inclusive national history, of every community, and stretching back a thousand years. Knowledge of our histories is necessary for us to see far into the future. 

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