Heroes’ Day in Zimbabwe
Celebrated as a public holiday in Zimbabwe, Heroes’ Day is a day that’s observed on the second Monday during the month of August. The purpose of this holiday is to commemorate the struggle for independence throughout Zimbabwe’s history that has resulted in thousands of Zimbabweans deaths over the years.
Without the bravery and resolve of these patriots, the people of Zimbabwe wouldn’t enjoy the freedom and independence that they enjoy today. This is a day that’s celebrated with public gatherings, solemn ceremonies, and a variety of other festivities.
Facts About Zimbabwe
We have scoured the Internet and have come up with some interesting facts about Zimbabwe that we think that many of our holiday seekers are going to be interested in learning about. So without further ado, below are some facts about Zimbabwe for everyone reading this to enjoy.
- Zimbabwe is a country with the most official languages in the world. It has 16 official languages.
- Some of the official languages of Zimbabwe include Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Khoisan, and Nambya.
- Other official languages of this country include Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa.
- Zimbabwe obtained independence from British Colonial Rule in 1980.
- Shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the original Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- Victoria Falls is 1.7-kilometers wide.
- Zimbabwe is one of the top ten products of tobacco in the entire world, even though only 20% of the population consumes it.
- Zimbabwe is approximately 390,757 square kilometers.
Observing Heroes’ Day
In the capital city of Harare, people will often gather at National Heroes Acre to lay wreaths on the graves of the fallen. The President of Zimbabwe will also visit the cemetery, give a speech and meet with the families.
Other things that happen on this day are church choirs, military parades, and dance groups that perform injukwa and itshomani dances. People also sing revolutionary songs, learn more about Zimbabwe’s history and attend special church services.