Moi Day struck out on ‘date of rebirth’

Saturday October 9 2010

Retired president Moi at a past public function. Moi Day has been scrapped from the list of national holidays in the new Constitution. Photo/FILE

Retired president Moi at a past public function. Moi Day has been scrapped from the list of national holidays in the new Constitution. Photo/FILE 

By PETER MWAI [email protected]

If numerologists are to be believed, the scrapping of Moi day on the 10th day of the 10th month in year 2010 (10-10-10) should bring luck and wisdom.

This date, according to numerologists, not only occurs once every 100 years, but the row of “perfect tens” symbolises a moment of rebirth.

Psychologists say this is exemplified in the popular, almost subconscious, lists people make headed: “Top 10 things to do today”, “Top 10 things I like/dislike” or “Top 10 movies/songs”.

And the symbolism of today’s 10/10/10 date reportedly has millions from China to India to America hoping to benefit from the luck associated with it.

According to the Times of India, the Registrar’s office expects to conduct as many as 31,050 weddings today – 10 times more than on an average Sunday.

Couples have also planned to have their babies delivered by Caesarean section today in the hope that some of the day’s luck rubs off on their children.

In China, the most popular wedding ceremony slots – between 10 a.m. and 10.10 a.m. – were snapped up months ago. In Las Vegas, America, hotels have been offering special 10.10.10 wedding packages.

Powerful properties

The author of Numerology: Your Personal Guide For Life, Sonia Ducie, says the number 10 has powerful properties – made all the more potent by repetition.

“Ten is the number for wisdom, because it contains the essence of all the numbers of one to nine within it,” she is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

According to Ms Ducie, if you want to confess your love to someone or are waiting for the result of your dream job’s interview, this is the perfect day to get a positive outcome.

Rumours that a 10/10/10 virus will strike computers at 10 a.m. today have been rubbished by Internet security firms.

In Kenya, this marks the end of a holiday that has been celebrated since 1988, when President Daniel arap Moi was marking 10 years in power.

After he left office in 2002, the day was still marked as a holiday but without national celebrations. Mr Moi later called on people to dedicate the day to helping the needy.

Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua released a statement on Thursday confirming that inline with the new constitution, the day will no longer be celebrated.

Public holidays

The new Constitution recognises only three public holidays: Madaraka Day (June 1), Mashujaa Day (October 20) and Jamhuri Day (December 12).

According to Dr Mutua, religious holidays such as Idd-ul-Fitr, Christmas and Easter will be observed as per the relevant Acts of Parliament.