Karume Day

Karume Day is a holiday observed in Tanzania every April 7th. This holiday commemorates the life of President Abeid Amani Karume and is celebrated not on the date of his birth, but on the date of his assassination in 1972. He was the first president of the People’s Republic of Zanzibar. On April 7, 1972, he was shot by four gunmen in Zanzibar Town at the headquarters of the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP).

The Marxist politician Abdulrahman Mohammad Babu was jailed and sentenced to death for the crime, although there was a lack of evidence indicting him in the assassination plot. Babu served three years in jail before being granted amnesty by President Nyerere.

Interesting Facts About Tanzania

Let’s dish up a heaping plate of facts about the East African country, shall we? We’ve dug up a whole lot of different facts that we feel everyone will appreciate, so let’s get right to them.

  • At Lake Olduvai, human fossils that are millions of years old were found.
  • Tanzania was once a part of German East Africa.
  • Tanzania gained independence in 1961 and 1963.
  • Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.
  • Tanzania has over 100 different languages.
  • Approximately 40% of the country is protected for conservation.
  • Less than 10% of the population has access to electricity.
  • Freddie Mercury of the band Queen was born in Tanzania.
  • Porridge is considered the national dish of the country.

Observing Karume Day in Tanzania

Karume Day is a public holiday in Tanzania, and as such, the general population has a day off. It also means that government offices, schools, and some businesses may be closed on this day. All across the country, various activities are observed on this day, including a special memorial service for Karume and other smaller celebratory events.

Where is it celebrated?
Tanzania (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
April 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
April 7 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 7 Friday