Union Day in Tanzania

Union Day is a public holiday that’s observed annually in Tanzania on April 26th. This holiday commemorates the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika in 1964. In 1961, Tanganyika would gain its independence from the British and in 1963 it would become a constitutional monarchy under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah’s rule.

After the sultan was deposed in a socialist revolution, Zanzibar and Tanganyika would join together on April 26, 1964, to become the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. A year later, the country would be renamed Tanzania. This holiday has been observed as a public holiday for many years in the country now.

Interesting Facts About Tanzania

The following facts about Tanzania are some of the most interesting facts that we know about this country. We’ve included them to round out everyone’s ideas about this holiday and about the country in which it’s celebrated.

  • Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania.
  • The official language of this 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’s 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.

Where is it celebrated?
Tanzania (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
April 26 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
April 26 Friday
Last year (2022)
April 26 Tuesday