Zambia is a much more religiously inclined nation than most others in the rest of the world, and it is also a nation with a large Christian population. In fact, about 75 percent of Zambians are Protestants and 20 percent Roman Catholics.
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Thus, it may not be too surprising that National Day of Prayer and Fasting, or “Prayer Day” for short, is a public holiday in Zambia. The holiday takes place on 18 October, but some will fast and pray for a full 40 days leading up to the holiday itself, which then becomes the crescendo of a more than month-long “concert of prayer”.
Zambians gather in large numbers at their local churches or other centres where prayer services take place on Prayer Day. They will pray for the future of the nation and for peace and reconciliation among families, ethnic groups, rich and poor, and at-odds political parties.
Each year, there is a different official theme for Prayer Day, bringing a degree of unity to the prayers of people of various denominations and religious persuasions.