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Government Set to Showcase National Attire for Celebrating Utamaduni Day

The government is set to showcase a national attire that will be worn during Utamaduni holiday as from next year. Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Ummi Bashir revealed the plan as she highlighted the importance of having the attire is to exemplify traditions, ethnic tastes, and culture in the country.


Speaking on Tuesday during the national celebration to mark the inaugural Utamaduni Day at the Bomas of Kenya, Bashir gave an undertaking to ensure the plan is ready before the next celebrations.

”Kenya does not have a national dress. That is something we are working on and we promise by the next Utamaduni day, ” she said.

“On this inaugural nationwide celebration, we embrace the spirit of unity that our cultural diversity waves transcending time and reminding us of the strength found in our diversity,” she added. 

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Additionally, Bashir also noted that the choice of Bomas as the venue was symbolic as it means a home or a village.

“Bomas is a beacon of cultural preservation. It stands as a testament to the rich richness of our cultural diversity, providing a space for the convergence of traditions from every corner of our great nation as you saw this morning,” she explained.

Utamaduni Day, formerly known as Moi Day, was named in honor of Kenya’s second president Daniel Moi. However, after the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution, Moi Day was removed from the list of national holidays.

In November 2017, it was restored as a public holiday, and then-Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i reinstated it on the calendar. In 2020, it was renamed Huduma Day and later Utamaduni Day.

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