Madaraka Day (“Internal self rule” or Self-Governance Day) is a national holiday celebrated every 1 June of every year in the Republic of Kenya. It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained internal self rule after being a British colony since 1920. Kenya only attain partial independence on this day in 1963 and did not become a fully established republic until about a year and a half later on 12 December 1964. In recognition of the above, Kenya also celebrates Jamhuri Day (Republic Day) on 12th December every year.
Madaraka is a Swahili word for “authority, ruling power”.