The Zambian Market is a congregation of all the traditions and tribal affiliations of all Zambians.
In short, the Market is a meeting place of all Zambians. It’s an exhibition of the life and diversity of the Zambian culture.
If you are new in the country and you want to know the customs and culture of the Zambian people, the Zambian market is the best place to start from. This is where you will find out what the local people eat or what the Zambian food is, the Zambian languages, the Zambian news or in short, anything to do with Zambia is found and heard in the Zambian market.
Each morning, Shoppers and vendors crowd the markets displaying and buying different wares. The Zambian Market is one place where you can get not only your fruits and vegetables, but also your groceries, toiletries, medicines, clothes, furniture, stationary, Zambian curios and even spare parts for your vehicle!
The Market is like a huge departmental store. Take for example Chisokone Market in Kitwe or Soweto Market in Lusaka. In these markets, you will find different kinds of stalls: the baker’s, the butcher's, the farmer’s, the fishmonger's, the greengrocer's and the grocer’s.
If you are looking for fruits or vegetables, you will be directed to a particular section of the market. If you want to top up your wardrobe, welcome to the famous ‘salaula’ (second hand clothes).
It’s not rare to find the traditional healer practicing his trade right inside the market, or the carpenter making all kinds of furniture.
The Market is not only a trading place. As opposed to simple selling, the Zambian Market is where friends and foes meet, ideas shared, deals made and promises made, fulfilled or broken. So when you go to the Zambian Market, expect anything!
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