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Public Holidays in Zimbabwe

New Year’s Day                                                       January 01

new years

New Year is the oldest of all holidays, as it was first observed in ancient Babylon as many as 4000 years ago.

Good Friday                                                             April 18


Another interesting fact is that Crucifixion of Jesus wasn’t definitely on a Friday. While many believe it was the case, it’s not known for sure.

Independence Day                                                April 18


English, Shona, and Sindebele are the official languages of Zimbabwe. A majority of the population speaks Bantu languages such as Shona, Ndebele, Venda, Tsonga, Shangaan, Kalanga, Sotho, Ndau and Nambya.

Easter Monday                                                        April 21


Some people believe the word Easter comes from the pagan holiday honoring Eostre the pagan goddess of Spring which symbolized rebirth.


Workers’ Day                                                           May 01

Workers day

International workers day is also known as labour day in some places and is a day that celebrates laborers and working classes that promoted by the International labor movement, Socialists and Communists.

Africa Day                                                                 May 25

Africa day

The current population of Africa is nearly one billion people. Due to rapid population growth in the continent over the last 40 years, its general population is relatively young

Heroes’ Day                                                              August 11


Heroes Day is the day celebrated to honor the heroes of the nation, who have scarified their life or have done something great for the nation.

Armed Forces Day                                                August 12

Members of the Zimbabwean national army

An Armed Force Day is a day when all people of a nation come together to appreciate and support the armed forces for a day to pay homage to the armed forces.

Unity Day                                                                  December 22


Begun in 1997, National Unity Day celebrates the coming together of Zimbabwe’s two political parties, the Zanu-PF and PF Zapu.

Christmas Day                                                         December 25

father christmas

In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

Boxing Day                                                               December 26


It sounds like it became a holiday after a Mike fight but some historians say the holiday developed because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their employers would present them with gift boxes.

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