Union Day in Tanzania

Tanzania Public Holiday in Tanzania

Union Day is a public holiday in Tanzania on 26 April. It marks Zanzibar and Tanganyika becoming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964.

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2020 Sunday April 26
2019 Friday April 26
2018 Thursday April 26
2017 Wednesday April 26
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Marks the unification of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar in 1964

Union Day is a public holiday in Tanzania on 26 April.

It commemorates the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika on 26 April 1964.

History of Union Day in Tanzania

The first European to visit Tanzania was Vasco da Gama in 1498. European colonialism in the region began on mainland Tanzania during the late 19th century when Germany formed German East Africa.

Following World War I, the mainland came under British control and was ruled as Tanganyika, with Zanzibar remaining a separate colonial jurisdiction.

Tanganyika gained its independence in 1961. The British ended the protectorate status of Zanzibar in December 1963 making it constitutional monarchy under the rule of Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah. A month later, the Sultan was deposed in a socialist revolution.

On 26 April 1964, Zanzibar and Tanganyika became the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar with the country renamed to Tanzania in October of that year.

Zanzibar is now a semi-autonomous region within Tanzania.

Did you know?

'Tanzania' is a combination of 'Tan' from Tanganyika and 'Zan' from Zanzibar, reflecting the origin of the country.

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