Public Holidays in Zimbabwe

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Public holidays in Zimbabwe list. Below are National public holidays in Zimbabwe .

Public holidays in Zimbabwe
Public holidays in Zimbabwe

These are Zimbabwe public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Zimbabwe as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Zimbabwe with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


A landlocked country of southcentral Africa, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) lies between the Zambezi River on the North and the Limpopo River on the South.

The Republic of Zimbabwe celebrates at least 10 national public holidays annually. Which under the laws of Zimbabwe, the president retains the right to declare national holidays, either singular or recurring, at the discretion of the office.

Each National Holiday must be observed with closure of businesses and paid days off for the employees.

Geographically, Zimbabwe is however, bounded on the North and East by Mozambique, on the South by the Republic of South Africa, on the South West by Botswana, and on the North West and North by Zambia. Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, is located in the northeast part of the country.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

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Sovereign nations and territories like Zimbabwe observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Zimbabwe Public Holidays

In the Zimbabwe , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Zimbabwe as a holiday.

Every year on a Zimbabwe public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Zimbabwe public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Zimbabwe

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day, also simply called New Year or New Year’s, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia.

And so also is in Zimbabwe.

Feb 21: National Youth Day

Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Marks the birthday of Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe since 1987

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Apr: Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and Black Friday.

Apr: Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday, on the Christian calendar, is the Saturday following the festival of Easter, the Saturday of Easter or Bright Week. In the liturgy of Western Christianity it is the last day of Easter Week, sometimes referred to as the Saturday of Easter Week or Saturday in Easter Week.

Apr: Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed.

Apr: Easter Monday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a public holiday in some countries. It is the second day of Eastertide. In Western Christianity, it is also the second day of the Octave of Easter, and in Eastern Christianity, it is also the second day of Bright Week.

Apr 18: Independence Day

Independence Day is a federal holiday in Zimbabwe commemorating the Declaration of Independence of Zimbabwe. Independence Day marks independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.

May 01: Worker’s Day

Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in Zimbabwe and often referred to as May Day globally, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on May Day.

May 25: Africa Day

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

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Africa Day is celebrated in Zimbabwe on May 25th.

Aug 09: Heroes’ Day

Heroes’ Day or National Heroes’ Day may refer to a number of commemorations of national heroes in Zimbabwe. It is often held on the birthday of a national hero or heroine, or the anniversary of their great deeds that made them heroes.

Aug 10: Defence Forces Day

Many nations around the world observe some kind of Armed Forces Day to honor their military forces.

Defence Forces Day is a day to honour Zimbabwe’s armed forces and the role they play in defending the nation.

Dec 22: Unity Day

National Unity Day is a public holiday in Zimbabwe on December 22nd. It commemorates the merger of two political parties, Zanu PF and PF Zapu in December 1987.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.

Dec 26: Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide. Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Zimbabwe happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Zimbabwe public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Zimbabwe gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Zimbabwe or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.