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Easter 2020 and 2021 in Zambia

Easter is a major holiday period in Zambia, with three public holidays provided to give Zambians time for church and family activities. The three public holidays are on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday.

202010 AprFriGood Friday
11 AprSatEaster Saturday
13 AprMonEaster Monday
20212 AprFriGood Friday
3 AprSatEaster Saturday
5 AprMonEaster Monday

In Zambia, 95 percent of the population is Christian, 75 percent being Protestant and 20 percent being Roman Catholic. So it’s not surprising that Easter Day and all Holy Week is a time of major festivity.

The festivities are largely centred at church services and in the home, though there are some public events here and there. Easter is certainly far less commercialised here than in the West.

The celebrations open on Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of Lent. People carry palm fronds, which they take to symbolise “peace and victory,” and re-enact the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. There is much singing and dancing during Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and in between.

The Easter Sunday service and the family meal following are the “main events”. The focus is on remembering the true meaning of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead and on spending time with family and loved ones in simple but jubilant get-togethers.