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Zambia : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months



Internet domain: .zm - Telephone code: +260 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
Currency: Kwacha (ZMK) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Name Date Kind
Good Friday*Friday April 2, 2021Catholic or protestant 
Holy Saturday**Saturday April 3, 2021Catholic 
Easter Monday*Monday April 5, 2021Catholic or protestant 
Labor Day/May Day*Saturday May 1, 2021Secular holiday 
Mothers' Day*Sunday May 9, 2021cards/flowers 
End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Thursday May 13, 2021cards/flowers 
Africa Day*Tuesday May 25, 2021Secular holiday 
mid-term holiday (beginning)Friday June 4, 2021School holidays 
Fathers' DaySunday June 20, 2021cards/flowers 
Africa Day**Wednesday June 23, 2021Culture 
Victoria Falls Marathon*Sunday June 27, 2021Sports events 
mid-term holiday (end)Monday June 28, 2021School holidays 
Zambia International Trade Fair**Wednesday June 30, 2021Tradeshows 
Heroes Day*Monday July 5, 2021Secular holiday 
Unity DayTuesday July 6, 2021Secular holiday 

Good Friday -
Friday April 2, 2021

Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.


Holy Saturday -
Saturday April 3, 2021

Catholic : Paid holiday


Easter Monday -
Monday April 5, 2021

Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.


Labor Day/May Day -
Saturday May 1, 2021

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 9, 2021

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Thursday May 13, 2021

cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]


Africa Day -
Tuesday May 25, 2021

Secular holiday : From 2009 When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was created in May of 1963, the founding delegates proclaimed May 25, 1963 African Liberation Day (ALD), as the successor commemoration day of Africa Freedom Day.


Mid-term holiday (beginning) -
Friday June 4, 2021

School holidays :


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 20, 2021

cards/flowers :


Africa Day -
Wednesday June 23, 2021

Culture : Africa Public Service Day since 2008


Victoria Falls Marathon -
Sunday June 27, 2021

Sports events : Http://www.vicfallsmarathon.com/ 2021 edition NOT confirmed


Mid-term holiday (end) -
Monday June 28, 2021

School holidays :


Zambia International Trade Fair -
Wednesday June 30, 2021

Tradeshows : Lasts 1 week - www.zitf.org.zm in Ndola 2021 edition NOT confirmed


Heroes Day -
Monday July 5, 2021

Secular holiday : In tribute to soldiers who died in the independence movement


Unity Day -
Tuesday July 6, 2021

Secular holiday :