Kenyans will no longer be able to celebrate Boxing Day. This is according to today’s Cabinet meeting which approved for the renaming of Boxing Day to Utamaduni Day. Also approved was the renaming of Moi Day to Huduma Day, according to the former president’s wishes.
Boxing Day is an international public holiday that is celebrated on 26th December. It is meant to be the time when people usually receive and give out Christmas gift boxes. The term started to be used in the 1800s when rich people would box up gifts to give to the poor. It was also a day off for servants where they received a special Christmas box from their masters. With the renaming of Boxing Day to Utamaduni Day, this day will now be set aside to celebrate Kenyan culture and heritage.
Once the news came out, Kenyans on Twitter were quick to share their opinions:
Boxing day after finding out it has been renamed to Utamaduni day 😂😂 https://t.co/AqOY7ut3WF
— DJ Joe Mfalme (@DjJoeMfalme) December 19, 2019
Renaming public holidays.
Even changing the internationally known & acclaimed Boxing Day to Utamaduni Day, is what keeps our cabinet up at night.
They are doing a fantastic job. Brilliant thinkers.
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) December 19, 2019
Boxing day to be named utamaduni day!😲
Are these CS' that idle?
— PiNgPoNg🇰🇪 (@pinngponng) December 19, 2019
But what do we really smoke in Kenya!? Boxing Day is an International Holiday, renaming it is like trying to rename New Year's Day! Someone tell that inept Cabinet please!#WajingaSana! Nkt!
— Marvin Ian Omondi (@MarvinmTall) December 19, 2019
Can you actually rename the globally acknowledged Boxing Day 🤣🤣🤣 – Anyway, I am renaming my birthday to Hero Day … no, not Heroes. Hero Day. Don’t @ me. As aren’t there no African carols? White Christmas seems out of place. I have so many questions
— G Money (@GMONEYizME) December 19, 2019
So can we please have 27th December as the new boxing day then?…we need a day to open Christmas presents too.
— Jemo MistaKE👑🇰🇪 (@jay_mohre) December 19, 2019