Youth Day in Zambia
Every March 12th in Zambia is a day to observe Youth Day. This public holiday honors the youth of the country and highlights how important they are to the continued health of the country. This holiday is placed on the anniversary of the 1962 events that lead to the deaths of young Zambians as the country began to make its way towards independence.
On this holiday, government buildings, businesses, and private homes are decorated with the flag of Zambia as well as flowers. It’s also a day when many sporting events are held at stadiums in the country.
The History Of Youth Day In Zambia
IN 1962, Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia and had just begun its struggle for independence against the colonial powers that held it down. The British decided to create a plot to kill the leaders of the two main political parties and then to pin the blame of these murders on the opposing political parties.
After a failed assassination attempt by the British on March 12, 1962, a rally was called in Chimwemwe to expose the entire plot to the public. This led to the youth of the country rioting in the streets, and throwing stones at the police. The police responded by firing on the crowd—killing several protestors.
The rally continued and politicians promised that after the country gained independence, that the events of that day would be immortalized as Youth Day. Zambia would go on to win its independence in 1964 and by 1966, Youth Day was created.
Observing Youth Day In Zambia
This holiday is observed with events that honor and celebrate the youth of the country. There are seminars, public speeches given by politicians, and a wide variety of other events. On social media, the hashtag #YouthDayZambia can be used to spread the word about this holiday internationally.