The Kikuyu are a Bantu ethnic group native to Central Kenya. At a population of 8,148,668 as of 2019, they account for 17.13% of the total population of Kenya, making them the largest ethnic group in Kenya. The term Kikuyu is derived from the Swahili form of the word Gĩkũyũ.
Ancestors of the Kikuyu arrived in Kenya and settled on the slopes of Mount Kenya where they found the Gumba, whom they assimilated. The Gumba were hunters who made iron and pottery, and used honey and honey products.
Traditionally, the Kikuyu would wear a piece of clothing called shukas. These are large square pieces of cloth done in red and blue. These they would fling over their bodies and tie around the neck or over the shoulder. Kikuyu people wear different clothing and attire for different occasions and festivals.
Some of the common Kikuyu foods include: Githeri (maize and beans), Mukimo (mashed green peas and potatoes), Kimitu (mashed beans and potatoes), Irio (mashed dry beans, corn and potatoes), Mutura (sausage made using goat intestines, meat and blood), and Ucuru (fermented porridge made from flour of corn).
The Kikuyu tribe celebrates many holidays. They celebrate holidays like us, such as New Year's, Labor Day and Christmas. They also celebrate other holidays such as Moi Day(inauguration day, Oct 10), and Jamhuri day(independence day, Dec 12).
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