Union Day in Tanzania
Union Day is a public holiday observed annually in Tanzania on April 26th. This holiday commemorates the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika in 1964. In 1961, Tanganyika gained its independence from the British, and in 1963 it became a constitutional monarchy under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah’s rule.
After the sultan was deposed in a socialist revolution, Zanzibar and Tanganyika joined together on April 26, 1964, to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. A year later, the country was renamed Tanzania. This holiday has been observed as a public holiday for many years in the country.
Interesting Facts About Tanzania
The following facts about Tanzania are some of the most interesting that we know about this country. We’ve included them to round out everyone’s ideas about this holiday and the country in which it is celebrated.
- Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania.
- The official language of the country is Swahili.
- In this country, tea is most often enjoyed in the morning with breakfast, while coffee is enjoyed during dinner.
- The frontman of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
- The three islands of Tanzania are popular tourist destinations.
- Tanzania is about twice the size of the U.S. state of California.
Observing Union Day in Tanzania
This holiday is a general day off for the public, and schools and most businesses are closed. It is also a day on which people spend time with their friends and family members or attend one of the many cultural events that take place around the country.