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Kenyans are very conservative in how they dress. Traditional outfits are usually worn to weddings and special occasions like church or circumcision ceremonies for boys.

The Nilotic speaking Community which include the Masai, Turkana, Samburu, Boran, and Pokot Tribes have strong cultural traditions. They wear their traditional outfit everyday.

Some common traditional practices include:
- Paying a bride price by the groom's family
- Circumcision for males and in some communities, females. It is illegal to circumcise girls in Kenya,but it sometimes happens secretly.
- Birthright ceremonies which include the slaughtering of domestic animals.
- Funeral ceremonies that have a domestic animal slaughtered and a prepared feast.
- Maasai hair colour and putting small dreadlocks in hair.
- Women wearing jewellery as a sign of age and stage in life (married vs. married, widowed, etc.).
- Men hold Barazaa meetings outside under a tree. Women are not allowed to attend.
- Some tribes designate certain parts of a slaughtered animal that people are meant to eat or not eat. For example, in the Masaai Tribe, the women eat the liver, kidney, and intestines, while the other parts are for men.
- Some Tribes do not allow their son-in-law to spend the night in their mother-in-law's house.

On the coast of Kenya, you will see women wearing veils. This is part of an Islamic tradition where women cover all parts of the body apart from the eyes, face and hands. In tourist areas, you will see people dressed freely in tops, shorts and bikinis.
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