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Here is a list of all Zambian public holidays taken during a calendar year. These holidays are taken on the specific dates of each year.

New Year Day – 1 January

Celebrated on the first day of January together with the whole world.

International Women’s Day – 8 March

This is an international day devoted to women and Zambia takes it as a public holiday and a few days later it is followed by another holiday.

International Women’s Day is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

Youth Day – 12 March

Held on every 12th of March of each year the Youth Day commemorates the Youth of the country. Though United Nations chose 12th August 18 countries that dedicate the day to its youths hold it on various dates

Good Friday – March/April

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death

Easter Monday – March April

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in Zambia. Easter Sunday marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christendom.

African Freedom Day – 25 May

Instituted by OAU Zambia join all African countries for this anniversary. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.

Heroes and Unity Day – First Monday/Tuesday July

This holiday is taken on the first Monday and Tuesday of July for each year. Heroes’ Day remembers those who fought, and sometimes died, in the struggle for Zambian independence.

Farmers Day – First Monday August

Farmers Day is taken on the first Monday of August and is given to the farmers. It recognizes the importance of agriculture to the country’s economy. An event called Lusaka Agriculture Show is setup for the same day in Lusaka province.

National Prayer Day – 18 October

Appropriately called National Day of Prayer and Fasting the day recognizes Zambia’s inclination toward Christianity religion.

It was gazetted by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu though a similar declaration was made by the late second republican President Fredrick T.J Chiluba to look at the nation’s spirituality and declared the state as a Christian Nation.

The day is marked with intense religious holdings countrywide.

Independence Day – 24 October

Having been ruled by British Monarchy Zambia only got its independence on 24th October 1964. This day is held to celebrate Zambia’s emancipation from the British colonization.

Christmas Day – 25 December

Zambia joins the rest of the world and celebrate the festive season on 25th December

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