June 1 - Madaraka Day in Kenya

  Posted on June 1, 2022     

This is an update of my post published on June 1, 2011:

This national day commemorates the day that Kenya attained self-rule in 1963. (The nation was fully independent from the United Kingdom by December of the same year.) Kenyans will celebrate the day with speeches and shows. You can get idea of the sorts of shows are being put on today by watching this short video from last year's celebration.

In Kenya, as in other countries, there are folks who
wear traditional clothing - at least at times, such as
when performing or to celebrate special days - and
folks who wear "modern" clothing that can be seen  
all over the world.

Kenya - the cradle of humanity?

Many archeologists, such as Richard Leakey, believe that humanity began in what we now call Kenya, because they have found ancient human skeletons and also skeletons from pre-human ancestors. One example is Turkana boy, who was Homo erectus. Other pre-human skeletons such as Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis, have been found in nearby Ethiopia. And of course, although we know from the fossil record that humankind began in Africa, there are multiple claims of exactly WHERE in this huge continent. For example:

This photo of "the cradle of [hu]mankind" was
taken in South Africa, some 4 to 5 thousand
kilometers away from Kenya!

Read about early pre-humans and prehistoric humans with this video.

Learn more...

  • Here's a quick quiz about Kenya.
  • Here's a map game about all of Africa.

Clean Air Day in Canada
(First Wednesday in June)

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