2019/2020 Public Holidays in Zambia

School Holidays Starts Finishes
First Day of School 14 Jan 2019
Term 1 Holidays 15 Apr 2019
10 May 2019
Term 2 Holidays 12 Aug 2019
6 Sep 2019
Term 3 Holidays 9 Dec 2019
10 Jan 2020

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Africa Day 2019 and 2020

Africa Day is a holiday in Zambia and some other African nations every 25 May. The day celebrates the founding of what is today called the African Union, but originally was called the Organisation for African Unity, which was founded on 25 May 1963.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 25 May Sat Africa Day
2020 25 May Mon Africa Day

Easter 2019 and 2020

Easter is a major holiday period in Zambia, with three public holidays provided to give Zambians time for church and family activities. The three public holidays are on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 19 Apr Fri Good Friday
20 Apr Sat Easter Saturday
22 Apr Mon Easter Monday
2020 10 Apr Fri Good Friday
11 Apr Sat Easter Saturday
13 Apr Mon Easter Monday

Farmers’ Day 2019 and 2020

Every first Monday of August is “Farmers’ Day” in Zambia. It’s a day on which the great importance of agriculture to Zambia’s economy gains public recognition.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 5 Aug Mon Farmers’ Day
2020 3 Aug Mon Farmers’ Day

Heroes’ Day 2019 and 2020

Every first Monday of July, Zambia celebrates Heroes’ Day to remember those who fought, and sometimes died, in the struggle for Zambian independence. However, in more recent years, the list of national heroes and heroines has been expanded to include people from all walks of life who have contributed heroically to the nation’s advancement.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 1 Jul Mon Heroes’ Day
2020 6 Jul Mon Heroes’ Day

Independence Day 2019 and 2020

Independence Day comes every 24 October in Zambia, the day it escaped out from under British rule back in 1964. The main event is a huge patriotic parade held in Lusaka, the capital city, but smaller events take place all over the country.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 24 Oct Thu Independence Day
2020 24 Oct Sat Independence Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2019 18 Oct Fri Prayer Day
2020 18 Oct Sun Prayer Day
19 Oct Mon Prayer Day Holiday


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