Facts about Zambia
Zambian National Flag
The flag of Zambia was hoisted for the first time at midnight on the 23rd October 1964, symbolising patriotism and the nation’s natural resources. An eagle in flight over three stripes of red black and orange on a green background. Red represents the struggle for freedom, black, the people of Zambia, orange the country’s mineral wealth and green the wildlife and environment. The eagle in flight symbolizes the freedom in Zambia and the ability to rise above national problems.
Stand and sing of Zambia proud and free, Land of works and joy in unity, Victors in the struggle for the right, We have won freedom’s fight, All one, strong and free.
Africa is our own motherland, fashioned with and blessed by God’s good hand, Let us all her people join as one, Brothers under the sun, All one, strong and free.
One land and one nation is our cry, Dignity and peace ‘neath the Zambian sky, Like our noble eagle in its flight, Zambia, praise to thee, All one, strong and free.
Praise to God, Bless our great nation, Free men we stand, Under the flag of our land, Zambia praise to thee, All one strong and free.
English = Bemba Nyanja
Hello = Shani Bwanji
Goodbye = Shalapo Pitani Bwino
How are you? = Uli Shani? = Muli Bwanji?
I am fine = Ndi Bwino = Ndili Bwino
Thank you = Natotela = Dzikomo
very much = sana = kwambili
Zambia is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern USA time and ten hours ahead of Western USA time.
INTERNATIONAL: Commonwealth, GATT, ILO, IMF, NAM, UN, WB, WHO
REGIONAL: African Development Bank, Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), OAU, Southern African Development Community (SADC).
There is freedom of worship in Zambia with over 15 different churches. Christianity is followed by over 60% of the population.
The Fish Eagle
1st January – New Year’s Day
12th March – Youth Day
6th April – Good Friday
7th April – Holy Saturday
2nd Monday in April – Easter Monday
1st May – Labour Day
25th May Africa – Freedom Day
1st Monday of July – Hero’s Day
1st Tuesday of July – Unity Day
1st Monday of August – Farmer’s Day
24th October – Independence Day
25th December – Christmas Day