Zambian Holidays… To Rest From Your Labours…

Currently there are 13 Zambian holidays that are commemorated. This means that during these holidays shops, banks and most business activities come to a standstill.

Business activities in Zambia start from Monday to Saturday. The country has an 8 hour working day. Yes, without doubt, Zambians look forward to these holidays in order to rest from their labours…

New Year’s Day – 1st January

To start with, 1st January is one of the first holidays in Zambia. In many places this first day in the year is greeted with a lot of happiness. So, revelry and drinking are part of the festivities indulged in.

Womens Day - 8th March

This is the day Zambia, including other countries in the world which participate in observing this holiday remember women for the accomplishments they have made to society. 

Youth Day – 12th

This is a holiday which is dedicated to the youths of Zambia. Youth is the time of life when one is young and in Zambia when one is between 18 to 25 years.

Good Friday

Good Friday is a holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.


This is a Christian holiday. The name is applied to a single day commemorating Jesus’ resurrection—Easter Sunday. Easter has different faces in different parts of Zambia. For many, Easter is an intensely solemn occasion, a time for prayer and mass meetings.

Labour Day

Labour Day is commemorated on the 1st day of May, every year.

Zambia joins the rest of the world - in over 80 countries - to remember the achievements of the labour movement. The day is sometimes known as May Day or International workers day.

Africa Freedom Day – 25th May

This is the anniversary of the formation of the organization of African unity in 1963.

Heroes Day

Heroes'Day is observed on the first Monday in July. The Intention of this holiday is to honour citizens accorded the status of heroes and heroines. However, this day is more correlated to the Zambia International Trade Fair on which, including the Unity Day, employees rest. It is a memorial day for those who perished during the independence struggles. These are the people who sacrificed everything – their lives, their education, and their jobs for the independence of their country. 

Such heroes and heroines include Grey Zulu, Sikota Wina, Dr. Kaunda, Simon Kapwepwe, Julia Chikamoneka, Mary Fulano, Harry Nkumbula, Reuben Kamanga, Fines Bulawayo, Humphrey Mulemba, Mainza Chona, Sipalo Munukayumbwa and so many others.

Unity Day

Unit day is held on the first Tuesday of July. This is the day on which all Zambians are required to meditate over the issue of unity.

Farmers Day

This is held in Lusaka, every year. Dubbed as the Zambia National Agricultural Show, it is a trade fair, a major social and cultural event. For several days the show grounds in Lusaka come alive with business men, farmers, politicians and families.

National Prayer Day

This is a national day of prayer, reconciliation and fasting.

Independence Day – 24th October

This is the day when independence was officially granted to Zambia. In 1964 the instruments of independence were signed and Zambia became independent.

Christmas Day – 25th December

Christmas is one of the Zambian holidays which is supposed to be a religious holiday; when Jesus Christ was born. Despite this however, the day is characterized with a great deal of social activities. Though the main holiday is on 25th December, the activities start around mid December to mid January. During this period most businesses are closed.

Are there going to be more Zambian holidays declared in the near future? We will late you know!

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