Zambia Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. 1st Monday if 1st Jan is Saturday or Sunday
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
8 MarWedWomen's Day - Commemorates the movement for women's rights
13 MarMonYouth Day - Evaluation of the Zambian youth contribution into development of the country. Public Holiday as 12 March falls on a Sunday
14 AprFriGood Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
15 AprSatHoly Saturday - This day marks the full day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb after his crucifixion on Good Friday and before his resurrection on Easter Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
25 MayThursAfrican Freedom Day - Commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity on this day in 1963
3 JulMonHeroes' Day - Men and women who gave their lives for future well-being of their nation, are honored as heroes and heroines of Zambia. 1st Monday in July
4 JulTueUnity Day - To promote the idea of national unity as a means to prevent the nation from falling apart. Tuesday after Heroes' Day
7 AugMonFarmers' Day - Zambians depend on farming very much, that is why this holiday praises their work. 1st Monday in August
18 OctWedNational Prayer Day - A National Day promoting reconciliation, healing and celebrating unity in diversity n
24 OctTueIndependence Day - Anniversary of declaration of independence of Zambia from Great Britain in 1964
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
20 JanTuePresident Election Day
8 MarSunWomen's Day
12 MarThursYouth Day
3 AprFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
4 AprSatHoly Saturday
6 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayFriLabor Day
25 MayMonAfrican Freedom Day
6 JulMonHeroes' Day (1st Monday in July)
7 JulTueUnity Day (Tuesday after Heroes' Day)
3 AugMonFarmers' Day (1st Monday in August)
18 OctSunNational Prayer Day (A National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation)
24 OctSatIndependence Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
8 MarTueWomen's Day
12 MarSatYouth Day
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
26 MarSatHoly Saturday
28 MarMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MaySunLabour Day
2 MayMonLabour Day Holiday (Public Holiday as Labour Day falls on a Sunday)
25 MayWedAfrican Freedom Day
4 JulMonHeroes' Day (1st Monday in July)
5 JulTueUnity Day (Tuesday after Heroes' Day)
1 AugMonFarmers' Day (1st Monday in August)
11 AugThursPublic Holiday (For general elections and referendum)
13 SeptTuePublic Holiday (Inauguration ceremony of President-elect and the Vice President-elect)
18 OctTueNational Prayer Day (A National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation)
24 OctMonIndependence Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonChristmas Day Holiday (Public Holiday as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
8 MarThursWomen's Day
12 MarMonYouth Day (Public Holiday as 12 March falls on a Sunday)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
31 MarSatHoly Saturday
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day
25 MayFriAfrican Freedom Day
2 JulMonHeroes' Day (1st Monday in July)
3 JulTueUnity Day (Tuesday after Heroes' Day)
6 AugMonFarmers' Day (1st Monday in August)
18 OctThursNational Prayer Day (A National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation)
24 OctWedIndependence Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day

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