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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

  • Currency: Kwacha (ZMK)
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    Wednesday February 8, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday February 13, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday March 12, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Monday March 13, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Friday March 31, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday April 8, 2023Holy SaturdayCatholic
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 17, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday April 28, 2023President's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday May 25, 2023Africa DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday June 17, 2023Victoria Falls MarathonSports events
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday June 23, 2023Africa DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Wednesday June 28, 2023Zambia International Trade FairTradeshows
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    Wednesday June 28, 2023Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday July 3, 2023Heroes DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday July 4, 2023Unity DaySecular holiday
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    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday February 8, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday February 13, 2023
    School holidays :

    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : This date is also commemorated at the United Nations. It celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women. The idea of an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions. Women from clothing and textile factories staged one such protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City.

    Youth Day

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    Sunday March 12, 2023
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    Youth Day

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    Monday March 13, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    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

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    Saturday April 8, 2023
    Catholic : Paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    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.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday April 17, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    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 [Wikipedia]

    President's Day

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    Friday April 28, 2023
    Secular holiday : In honour of founding president Kenneth Kaunda from 2022

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    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

    Africa Day

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    Thursday May 25, 2023
    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.

    Victoria Falls Marathon

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    Saturday June 17, 2023
    Sports events : 2023 edition confirmed

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
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    Africa Day

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    Friday June 23, 2023
    Culture : Africa Public Service Day

    Zambia International Trade Fair

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    Wednesday June 28, 2023
    Tradeshows : Lasts 1 week - www.zitf.org.zm in Ndola 2023 edition confirmed

    Winter holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday June 28, 2023
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    Heroes Day

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    Monday July 3, 2023
    Secular holiday : In tribute to soldiers who died in the independence movement

    Unity Day

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    Tuesday July 4, 2023
    Secular holiday :