The National Day of Zimbabwe is on the 18th April (Independence Day, declaration of independence from the United Kingdom 1980. Note that (it had been unilaterally declared independent as Rhodesia already in 1965). The history of the National Day of Zimbabwe is as follows. In 1953 Zimbabwe started as Southern Rhodesia and was part of a federation.
National Day of Zimbabwe
Firstly the National Day of Zimbabwe is celebrated annually on the 18th April. Secondly this Independence Day marks the country’s declaration of independence from British colonial rule in 1980. Thirdly the struggle for independence was a long and difficult one, spanning many decades and involving numerous political and social movements. The country’s first nationalist party, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), was formed in the early 1960s and led a protracted armed struggle against the British colonial government.
After years of violence and negotiation, a peace agreement was reached in 1979, paving the way for Zimbabwe’s independence the following year. Since then, April 18th has been celebrated as a national holiday throughout the country, with parades, speeches, and other festivities commemorating the country’s hard-won freedom.
Public Holidays in Zimbabwe
Firstly here are the public holidays in Zimbabwe:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- National Youth Day – February 21st
- Easter Friday and Easter Monday – varies according to the Christian calendar
- Independence Day – April 18th
- Workers’ Day – May 1st
- Africa Day – May 25th
- Heroes’ Day – August 8th
- Defense Forces Day – August 10th
- National Unity Day – December 22nd
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
Likewise it’s worth noting that some of these holidays may be subject to change.