Public holidays in Tanzania

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Public holidays in Tanzania are in accordance with the Public Holidays Ordinance (Amended) Act, 1966 and are observed throughout the nation.[1]


The Public Holidays Ordinance (Amended) Act, 1966 lists twelve public holidays in its schedule.[2] At present, Tanzania has a total of seventeen public holidays: eight religious holidays, three national holidays, two commemorating the death anniversaries of the inaugural leaders of its constituent states and the remaining four of other national importance.

The President of Tanzania may declare additional holidays at his or her discretion, for example, during the general election day. The President of Zanzibar may do the same within the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar.[3] A recent example of this was on 4 November 2015 where President Kikwete announced a national holiday for the next day to celebrate Magufuli winning the presidential election.[4]

List for 2016

Key National holiday
Religious holiday
A banner with Maulid greetings in Kisutu, Dar es Salaam.
Revolution Day military parade at Amaan Stadium in Unguja, Zanzibar.
Date Name Notes
1 January New Year's Day
12 January Zanzibar Revolution Day Marking the end of the Sultanate of Zanzibar
25 March Good Friday Commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus
28 March Easter Monday Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus
7 April The Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume Day Commemoration of the assassination of Zanzibari President Abeid Karume
26 April Union Day The unification of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar in 1964
1 May Labour Day
7 July Saba Saba Day Climax of the annual Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair
7–8 July* Eid ul-Fitr Marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (2 days)
8 August Nane Nane Day Farmers' Day
14 September* Eid al-Adha
14 October Nyerere Day Commemoration of the death anniversary of Julius Nyerere, the father of the nation
9 December Independence Day Celebrating the end of British rule in 1961
25 December* Mawlid Day Observance of the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad
25 December Christmas Day Commemoration of the birth of Jesus
26 December Boxing Day
17 days

* denotes subject to the sighting of the moon

See also


  1. ^ "Tanzania Public Holidays 2014" (PDF). DSE. 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The Public Holidays Ordinance (Amended) Act, 1966" (PDF). Parliament of Tanzania. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "JK: It's public holiday to celebrate Z'bar Revolution". The Guardian. 13 January 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania - Tovuti Rasmi ya Rais". Retrieved 2015-11-04. 

External links

  • Revisiting Tanzania’s lazy, hazy holidays … by Karl Lymo, Business Times
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