Tanzania 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
12 JanThursZanzibar Revolution Day - Occurred in 1964 and led to the overthrow of the Sultan of Zanzibar and his mainly Arab government by local African revolutionaries
7 AprFriKarume Day - Commemorates the assassination of the first President of Zanzibar and first Vice President of Tanzania.
14 AprFriGood Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday - Good Friday work-free for Protestants
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Monday after Easter Sunday
26 AprWedUnion Day - Commemorates the unification of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba into the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
26 JunMonEid ul-Fitr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
7 JulFriSaba Saba Day - Saba Saba means "seven seven" in Swahili. Commemorates the creation of the Tanganyika African National Union in 1954. On this day, the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair is held
8 AugTueNane Nane / Farmer's Day - Nane Nane in Swahili, the national language in Tanzania, means “eight eight”. Celebrates the work of farmers and its importance for the country
1 SeptFriEid El Haj - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
14 OctSatJulius Nyerere Day - Commemorates the death anniversary of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania who is referred to as the Father of the Nation
1 DecFriMaulid Day - Commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world
9 DecSatIndependence Day - Celebrate end of British rule, declaration of Tanganyika independence from Great Britain in 1961 and creation of republic in 1962
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - Boxing Day is the second day of Christmas and also St. Stephen's Day. The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 JanFriProphet Mohammed's Birthday
14 JanWedRevolution and Youth Day
20 MarFriIndependence Day
9 AprThursMartyrs' Day
1 MayFriLabour Da (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot in Chicago)
17 JulFriAid El-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
18 JulSatAid El-Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
19 JulSunAid El-Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
25 JulSatRepublic Day
13 AugThursWomen's Day
24 SeptThursAid El Kebir (Eid al-Adha)
25 SeptFriAid El Kebir Holiday (Sacrifice Feast)
26 SeptSatAid El-Kebir Holiday (Date varies on Lunar cycle)
14 OctWedRas el am el Hejri (Islamic New Year)
15 OctThursEvacuation Day
24 DecThursProphet Mohhammed's Birthday (Second time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
12 JanTueZanzibar Revolution Day
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
27 MarSunEaster Sunday (Good Friday work-free for Protestants)
28 MarMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
7 AprThursKarume Day
26 AprTueUnion Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
6 JulWedEid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
7 JulThursSaba Saba Day
8 AugMonNane Nane (Farmer's) Day (Peasants' Day)
12 SeptMonEid El Haj (Sacrifice Feast)
14 OctFriMwalimu Nyerere Day
9 DecFriIndependence Day
12 DecMonMaulid Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
12 JanFriZanzibar Revolution Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
1 AprSunEaster Sunday (Good Friday work-free for Protestants)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
7 AprSatKarume Day
26 AprThursUnion Day
1 MayTueLabour Day
15 JunFriEid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
7 JulSatSaba Saba Day
8 AugWedNane Nane (Farmer's) Day (Peasants' Day)
22 AugWedEid El Haj (Sacrifice Feast)
14 OctSunMwalimu Nyerere Day
20 NovTueMaulid Day
9 DecSunIndependence Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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