Independence Day of Zambia is commemorated annually on the fourth of October every year. This popular holiday is dedicated to the historical anniversary of Zambia’s independence from the British crown in 1964. Since then Zambia has been the hereditary slave of the British crown and until the end of the independence, until 1924 Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia.
The first year of independence was marked by conflict between the British and the freed citizens of Zambia. The British rulers were anxious to hasten independence so that they could begin the new life of Zambia under their rule. As a result, the klan went on a campaign of violence against the British and on this occasion the freedom fighters came out in support of the klan. The British ruled the country for thirty-four years and during that period there was war with the republic of Bambwa.
A lot of people celebrate the independence day in Zambia as it marks the historical liberation by the people of Zambia. There are lots of things which are connected to the historical events of the Independence Day in Zambia. The national football team of Zambia played a match against the Great Britain team in Zambia and won by a score of 2-1. This historic game became famous in Zambia and even world wide through its presentation on satellite television.
The independence was accompanied with great celebrations all over the country. A number of cities throughout Zambia celebrate the independence with great zeal. Zambia’s Independence Day celebrations take place in some of major cities like Bambwa, Likuliku, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, and many other cities and towns. The Zambian flag is displayed during the celebrations and the local musicians and entertainers make the party vibrant and enjoyable.
The independence day in Zambia has become even more special as the Zambian president started the process of recognizing the independence of Zambia. The opening ceremonies took place in Livingstone and later in the city of Bambwa. The famous Bambwa Mzima festival was held at Bambwa Lake. The Great Britain contingent also conducted a ceremony in Livingstone at the Victoria Falls. A number of cultural dances were performed by the British contingent, which included “Tunisian Jazz” which was composed by Jimmy Price and “Poplar” who were from Nigeria.
The Zambian president Muhamede additionally presented the bust of illustrious leaders of the past to the nation as a sign of respect for them. These included former president Paul Essex, ex-prime minister John kufuorama, accountant Aminu Uveziyi and many others who made the nation proud. The most significant highlight on this day for the Zambian people was when President Muhamede signed the instrument of independence. This event became a turning point for many Zambians who were waiting for the end of British rule.
After the signing of independence, there were celebrations all over the country with the local people welcoming the new dispensation. In the district of Livingstone, there was a massive celebration organized by the entire population. There were street celebrations by hand-carrying banners which read “Independence Here we Stand!” On an interesting note, there were many British soldiers present in Livingstone who had been invited to be a part of this historical event. Many of them were in their characteristic military dress which included the black beret and the white underskirt.
The first day of the year after the Independence of Zambia was also known as Britain’s Bicentennial Day. Some countries around the world commemorate this event by hosting major parades while others observe a day of silence and renounce any commemoration. The Zambian government decided that this particular year would be a great opportunity to celebrate the independence day of Zambia with great pride. Thus, on this very day, they announced that the independence day of Zambia was declared on 24 October 1964.