The Cabinet, chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 19th December, 2019 renamed Moi Day as Huduma Day and Boxing Day, as Utamaduni Day, in changes meant to make the celebrations resonate more with Kenyans.
Moi Day is celebrated on 10th October, while Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on 26th December worldwide.
Utamaduni Day will be marked to give Kenyans an opportunity to appreciate the country’s cultural diversity and the rich heritage of the more than 40 communities.
The renaming of Moi Day was in line with former President Daniel arap Moi’s desire that the day be commemorated as a day of service and volunteerism.
The retired President ruled for 24 years and is fondly remembered for his ‘Maziwa ya Nyayo’ programme in which all the primary schoolchildren received a pack of milk in school.
In the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report, it had been proposed that Boxing Day be turned into the National Culture Day.
The task force felt it was important for Kenyans to have official occasion to reflect on the national history, and the development of every community, stretching back a thousand years. Knowledge of history is necessary to understand the present and the future.
The proposals will have to be approved by Parliament before the two days are officially being declared as national holidays.