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Diwali in Kenya

Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated in October or November each year. Diwali celebrations can last for about five days.

Is Diwali a Public Holiday?

Diwali is an optional holiday. Employment and holiday laws in Kenya allow employees to choose a limited number of holidays from a list of optional holidays. Some employees may choose to take the day off on this day, however, most offices and businesses remain open.

Dipa oil lamps are often lit for Diwali celebrations.

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About Diwali

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Diwali (For Hindus only) Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2016–2025.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SunOct 30Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2017ThuOct 19Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2018WedNov 7Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2019SunOct 27Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2020SatNov 14Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2021ThuNov 4Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2022MonOct 24Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2023SunNov 12Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2024FriNov 1Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday
2025MonOct 20Diwali (For Hindus only)Optional Holiday

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.