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John Chilembwe Day
Malawi

John Chilembwe Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Malawi

Every 15 January is “John Chilembwe Day” in Malawi. This is a day when the earliest hero of Malawi’s independence movement is remembered. His portrait was long on the back of all Malawi currency notes and is still on the 2000 and 500 Kwacha notes.

YearDateDayHoliday
202115 JanFriJohn Chilembwe Day
202215 JanSatJohn Chilembwe Day
202315 JanSunJohn Chilembwe Day
16 JanMonJohn Chilembwe Day Holiday
202415 JanMonJohn Chilembwe Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

John Chilembwe was a Baptist pastor, teacher, and missionary who trained in the U.S. but returned to his native Nyasaland, now Malawi, to serve his God and his people. He soon became embroiled in the conflict to promote the rights of African plantation workers as well as the political and social rights of Malawi’s black population.

When World War I erupted in the early 1900’s, Chilembwe organised a revolt against British colonial rule. It failed, but when Malawi finally did gain its independence in 1964, Chilembwe’s legacy was immediately looked backed to and honoured, as it still is today every 15 January.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202015 JanWedJohn Chilembwe Day
201915 JanTueJohn Chilembwe Day
201815 JanMonJohn Chilembwe Day
201715 JanSunJohn Chilembwe Day
16 JanMonJohn Chilembwe Day Holiday