Madaraka is Swahili for ‘freedom’. June 1st commemorated the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963, preceding full independence from the United Kingdom in December 12, 1963. One year later, on December 12, 1964, Kenya became a republic, under the leadership of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first prime minister and first president.
Madaraka is a public holiday and Kenyan’s celebrate with food, song and dance. They take time for family picnics and games in the public parks; some plant trees in honor of the day. Many people take this opportunity to go back to their hometowns for the occasion, and often a big meal of goat or chicken is prepared for the special day. It is the first national holiday of Kenya, and is a time to remember the heroes who fought for the country’s independence.
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