Public holidays like Easter, Christmas on December 25, New Years Day on January 1 are celebrated with friends and relatives. They are a time to sing, dance and feast.

Kenya also celebrates Boxing Day on December 26, the day after Christmas Day. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1. Madaraka Day on June 1, marks the anniversary of self-government. On October 10, Kenyans celebrate Moi Day, named after their president. On October 20 they have Kenyatta Day, named for the first president after independence. Jamhuri Day, which is the anniversary of Kenya's independence, is celebrated on December 12.

Many Muslims live along the east coast of Kenya. For them, the most important festival is Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. People wear bright, new clothes and celebrate by visiting each other before attending a festival. The Hindus celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, among other holidays. Other religious groups throughout the country celebrate special days according to their faith.
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Kenyans have created highly artistic dances that are performed during ceremonies at birth celebrations, marriages and funerals.

Dancing is a favourite form of celebration and recreation throughout Kenya. Traditional dances are also part of national holiday celebrations, and various ethnic groups compete with one another in traditional dance contests. The best known Kenyan dances are masai and samburu. Some dances involve hypnotic swaying. Others are more energetic, with leaping and precision movements.

With many rural Kenyans running farming enterprises, agricultural shows are popular and well-attended. For vacations, wealthy Kenyans travel to the coast with their families to enjoy the pristine beaches.