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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Zambia public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of October 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Zambia public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Zambia public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Oct
  • 27
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  • Zambia Rules-Out October 28 Public Holiday

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, issued a statement ruling-out the declaration of Monday, October 28, 2019, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Zambia ("the abuse of Social Media by some Zambians if left unchecked might plunge the nation into chaos").
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  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Zambian Public Holidays October 24-25

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has declared Friday, October 25, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Zambia, to link the upcoming annual Independence Day public holiday with the subsequent weekend ("Citizens who will be traveling will also use Friday and the whole weekend to return to their homes.").
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2018

  • Jul
  • 20
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  • Zambian Public Holiday July 26

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has declared Thursday, July 26, 2018, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Zambia on account of the upcoming elections.
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  • Mar
  • 6
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  • Zambian Public Holiday March 9

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared Friday, March 9, 2018, as one-off non-working public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming "commemoration of the International Women’s Day on Thursday".
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2016

  • Sep
  • 9
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  • Zambian Public Holidays September 12-13

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016, as one-off non-working public holidays in Zambia on account of the upcoming inauguration ceremony of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect of Zambia.
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  • Aug
  • 9
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  • Zambian Public Holiday August 11

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The Zambian Government Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Zambia on Thursday, August 11, 2016, "to facilitate the holding of the general elections and referendum".
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  • Jul
  • 18
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  • Zambia Mulls Additional August 2016 Public Holidays

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The President of the Green Party of Zambia, Peter Sinkamba, has appealed to Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, to declare Wednesday-Friday, August 10-12, 2016, as constitutional public holidays in Zambia to ensure smooth tripartite elections, whereas many voters need to travel to their place of voting on the day before the election and return to their place of work the following day.
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  • Jan
  • 4
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  • Zambian Public Holiday January 5

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambian Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, had declared another one-off public holiday on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, as a half-day non-working public holiday in Zambia to allow civil servants to attend the ceremony at which President Lungu will assent to the Constitution Amendment Bill.
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2015

  • Oct
  • 19
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  • Zambia To Add New Annual Public Holiday

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - At yesterday's National Day of Prayer, the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, announced that, henceforth, October 18 would be gazetted as an annual non-working public holiday to be observed in Zambia as the National Day of Prayer Zambian public holiday.
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  • Jan
  • 13
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  • Zambian Public Holiday January 20 Officialized

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The acting President of Zambia, Guy Scott, has officially confirmed last week's informal announcement that once again a one-off public holiday would be declared on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, on the occasion of the upcoming Zambian presidential election.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Zambian Public Holiday January 20

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - The government of Zambia had once again declared a one-off public holiday on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, on the occasion of the upcoming Zambian presidential election.
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2014

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • Zambia Declares 2014-2015 Year-End Public Holidays

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that Friday, December 26, 2014, and Friday, January 2, 2015 had been declared as one-off non-working public holidays throughout Zambia "in recognition of the fact that Christmas Day and New Year 's Day will fall on Thursday, December 25 2014 while New year will fall on Thursday, January 1, 2015".
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  • Nov
  • 1
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  • Zambian Public Holiday November 11

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka) - The Zambian Secretary to the Cabinet, Rowland Msiska, has announced that the Government of Zambia had declared a one-off non-working public holiday on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the day on which the late President Michael Sata is to be buried.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 20
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  • Zambian December Public Holidays Canceled

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that he was withdrawing his announcement of yesterday, that Zambian President, Michael Sata, had declared Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as one-off public holidays throughout Zambia.
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  • Dec
  • 19
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  • Zambia Declares December 24 and 31 Public Holidays

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that Zambian President, Michael Sata, had declared Tuesday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 31, 2013 as one-off public holidays throughout Zambia.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 20
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  • Zambian Bank Holiday December 31

    The Bank Of Zambia (Lusaka) - The Bank of Zambia (Zambia's Central Bank) has confirmed that Monday, December 31, 2012, had been declared a one-off bank holiday to allow for a smooth transition to the new Kwacha (Zambia's national currency).
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  • Nov
  • 14
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  • Zambian December 31 Bank Holiday Proposed

    The Bank Of Zambia (Lusaka) - The Head of Public Relations for the Bank of Zambia (Zambia's Central Bank), Kanguya Mayondi, has announced that the Bank of Zambia had requested that the government of Zambia declare Monday, December 31, 2012, as a one-off bank holiday to allow for a smooth transition to the new Kwacha (Zambia's national currency).
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  • May
  • 1
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  • Zambian Electoral Public Holidays

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambia's technical committee drafting the new Zambian constitution has released a draft of the new constitution which specifies the dates of upcoming tripartite elections, and that these dates would be, as often requested, non-working public holidays in Zambia.
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2011

  • Sep
  • 15
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  • Zambia Public Holiday On September 20

    The Office of the President of the Republic of Zambia (Lusaka) - Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, has declared Tuesday, September 20, 2011, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming tripartite elections.
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  • Jul
  • 28
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  • Zambia Tripartite Elections September 20

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambia's President, Rupiah Banda, has set Tuesday, September 20, 2011, as the date for the upcoming tripartite elections.
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  • Jun
  • 24
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  • Zambia Declares June 27 Public Holiday

    Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (Lusaka) - Zambia's President, Rupiah Banda, has declared Monday, June 27, 2011, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Zambia.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 28
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  • Zambia Rules-Out January 3 Public Holiday

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja, has announced that he will soon issue a circular re-stating that Monday, January 3rd, 2011, is not an official public holiday in Zambia.
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  • Feb
  • 7
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  • Zambia Urged To Declare Election Day Public Holiday

    The Post (Lusaka) - The executive director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, has recommended to the parliamentary committee on legal affairs, governance, human rights and gender matters, that Election Day should be declared a public holiday in election years to maximize voter turnout.
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2009

  • Dec
  • 31
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  • Zambian President Calls For December 29 Public Holiday

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, said that the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation should be retained in the Republican Constitution and that December 29th should be marked as an annual public holiday.
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  • Sep
  • 2
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  • Zambia September 3 Public Holiday Confusion Continues

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Joshua Kanganja, has reiterated yesterday's announcement that September 3rd, 2009, is not a public holiday "because the government has not yet gazetted it".
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  • Sep
  • 1
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  • Zambia Clarifies September 3 Public Holiday Status

    Zambia Daily Mail (Lusaka) - Zambia's Chief Government spokesperson, Lieutenant-General Ronnie Shikapwasha, has announced that Thursday, September 3, 2009, would not be a public holiday.
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  • Jun
  • 14
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  • Zambia Refutes June 23 Public Holiday

    Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja, has issued a statement saying that, despite earlier reports, June 23rd, 2009, will be a normal working day.
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  • Jun
  • 12
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  • Zambia Adds June 23 Public Holiday

    Zambia News and Information Services (Lusaka) - Zambia's Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Joshua Kanganja, has announced that Africa Public Service Day, on June 23rd, had been declared a public holiday on the Zambian calendar to be celebrated at the national and provincial levels.
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2008

  • Dec
  • 14
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  • Zambia Day Of National Mourning On December 16

    The Lusaka Times (Lusaka) - Zambia's President, Rupiah Banda, has declared a state funeral for former Minister of Finance Emmanuel Kasonde, and that the day of the funeral, Tuesday, December 16, 2008, had been declared a day of national mourning.
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  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Zambia Declares November 6 National Day Of Mourning

    Zambia Daily Mail (Lusaka) - The Government of Zambia has declared Thursday, November 6, 2008, a day of national mourning in honour of the late former Prime Minister Elijah Mudenda, who died last Sunday.
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  • Oct
  • 23
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  • Zambia Declares October 30 Public Holiday

    Zambia Daily Mail (Lusaka) - As we had surmised in our post of September 9, late last night, the government of Zambia declared a one-off public holiday on Thursday, October 30, 2008, on the occasion of the upcoming presidential election to replace former President Levy Mwanawasa, who died last August.
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  • Oct
  • 14
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  • Zambia Asked To Declare New April 28 Public Holiday

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) - The Zambian opposition party, the United National Independence Party (UNIP) has proposed to the government that it declare April 28, an annual public holiday, to commemorate the birthday of Zambia's first Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda, often considered to be the "father of the nation".
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  • Sep
  • 10
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  • Zambia October 30 Presidential Elections

    BBC (Lusaka) - Zambia's acting President, Rupiah Banda, has announced that Zambia would hold an election on 30 October to choose a successor to President Levy Mwanawasa, who died last month, and whose funeral, on September 3rd, was a public holiday in Zambia.
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  • Aug
  • 26
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  • Zambia Declares September 3rd Public Holiday

    The Earth Times - Cabinet Secretary, Joshua Kanganja, announced that acting Zambian president, Rupiah Banda, had declared a public holiday on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, the day on which the late President Levy Mwanawasa is to be interred, and which would have been his 60th birthday.
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  • Aug
  • 24
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  • Zambia Could Declare A Public Holiday On September 3

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) - The president of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Leonard Hikaumba, has called on the Government of Zambia to declare a one-off national non-working public holiday on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008, on the day of the funeral of President Levy Mwanawasa.
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  • Jun
  • 23
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  • Zambia To Consider Adding June 23 Public Holiday Next Year

    Zambia Daily Mail (Lusaka) - Zambia's President, Dr Mwanawasa, speaking ahead of the Africa Public Service Day, which falls today, regretted that commemoration of the day had not been brought to his government's attention in good time, otherwise it could have been declared a public holiday.
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2007

  • Mar
  • 7
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  • Zambia March 8 Public Holiday Starting Next Year

    Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) - Zambia's Information Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Nyirenda, has issued a statement that the Zambian cabinet had decided to add International Women's Day to the list of Zambian official public holidays.
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2006

  • Sep
  • 27
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  • Zambia Confirms September 28 Public Holiday

    Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (Lusaka) - Zambia's Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Labour, Ngosa Chisupa, has re-iterated that Thursday, September 28, 2006, was a gazetted public holiday in Zambia and warned employers who did not abide by this public holiday of "stern action".
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  • Sep
  • 11
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  • Zambia Declares September 28 Tripartite Elections Public Holiday

    AllAfrica.com (Lusaka) - In accordance with the Public Holidays Act, Volume 15 Cap. 272, the government has declared September 28 a public holiday, to enable as many Zambians as possible to cast their votes in the tripartite elections.
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2004

  • Feb
  • 25
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  • Zambia Suspends Public Holiday Commemorations As Cost-Saving Measure

    Times of Zambia (Lusaka) - Finance Minister, Ng'andu Magande, told parliament that the Zambian government has temporarily suspended all official functions to commemorate public holidays as a cost-saving measure except for Independence Day.
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See also: Zambia bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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