If you are into the sort of things that relate to language and culture, then you have reason to brace yourselves for an exciting event coming to Mombasa. Partners from various cultural backgrounds have united to prepare a series of activities in honor of Kiswahili Day, scheduled for July 7, 2023. Get ready to dive into a celebration that showcases the richness of Swahili language and culture, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the National Museum of Kenya, community-based organizations, and the vibrant Mombasa Old Town community!

Kiswahili Day

A United Nations Recognition of African Brilliance! Picture this: On November 23, 2021, during the 41st member state session in Paris, France, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared July 7 as World Kiswahili Language Day. That’s right, Kiswahili proudly holds the distinction of being the first African language to receive this global recognition. And we’re here to celebrate it in style!

Countdown to Celebrations

A Sneak Peek into the Festivities The preparations for Kiswahili Day are already in full swing! The National Museum of Kenya, together with local community-based organizations and the Mombasa Old Town community, has launched a series of curtain-raiser activities in anticipation of the grand celebrations. Picture cultural displays, mesmerizing dances, engaging lecture series, youth activities, a glamorous fashion show, enlightening women’s talks, exciting competitions and awards, soul-stirring poetry, and entertaining games—all showcasing the vibrant Swahili culture.

Swahili Day

More Than Just Festivities! It’s not just about having a good time; the celebrations hold deeper meaning. Khalid Kitito, the Swahili Heritage Training Institute Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of using this event as an opportunity to educate people about language and culture. The goal is to globally highlight the significance of the Kiswahili language while reviving traditional Swahili cuisine and handicrafts. Imagine witnessing breathtaking Swahili henna calligraphy and henna painting, networking with like-minded individuals, and embracing the theme of “Kiswahili for peace, cohesion, and integration.” It’s a celebration that’s all about preserving heritage and promoting unity!

Unlocking Mombasa’s Potential

Tourism and Beyond The celebrations go beyond dance and enjoyment. They also serve as a platform to showcase the coastal beauty and revive historical landmarks like Fort Jesus, transforming it into a tourist destination. The County Executive Member for Tourism, Culture, and Trade, Mohammed Osman, extends a warm invitation to everyone, emphasizing the county government’s unwavering support for Kiswahili’s growth. The Chief Officer of Tourism, Mudhatir Abdulkarim, expresses delight at the enthusiastic participation from various departments, united in their desire to make this day a resounding success.

Inclusive Festivities

A Feast for All Kiswahili Day welcomes everyone, young and old, to join in the fun. Students can look forward to engaging in football matches, swimming competitions, and thought-provoking debates. The elderly will have the opportunity to pass on their wisdom and showcase traditional Swahili practices, while women will participate in exciting cooking competitions. It’s a celebration that embraces all ages and backgrounds, ensuring that no one is left out of the vibrant festivities.


Mombasa is gearing up for an unforgettable Kiswahili Day celebration, where language and culture take center stage. The countdown has begun, and the excitement is palpable. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Swahili language and heritage. Let’s come together, celebrate diversity, and honor the beauty of Kiswahili, for it is a language that unites us all!