Tanzania

Africa South of tha Sahara

By: Alejandro Paz

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Holidays

1 January New Year's Day

3 January Mawlid Day Observance of the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad

12 January Zanzibar Revolution Day Marking the end of the Sultanate of Zanzibar

3 April Good Friday Commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus

6 April Easter Monday Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus

7 April Karume Day Commemoration of the assassination of Zanzibari President Abeid Karume

26 April Union Day The unification of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar in 1964

1 May Labour Day

7 July Saba Saba Day Climax of the annual Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair

17–18 July Eid ul-Fitr Marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (2 days)

8 August Nane Nane Day Farmers' Day

23 September Eid al-Adha

14 October Nyerere Day Commemoration of the death anniversary of Julius Nyerere, the father of the nation

9 December Independence Day Celebrating the end of British rule in 1961

25 December Christmas Day Commemoration of the birth of Jesus

26 December Boxing Day

Festivals

Wanyambo Festival

Festival of the Dhow Countries

Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair

Mzalendo Halisi Music Festival

Kiliman Adventure Challenge

Kilimanjaro Marathon

Unification Day

General Data

Capital Dodoma
Official languages: Swahili, English
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Things to do: hike in Mt. Kilimanjaro, visit Ngrongoro Crater, visit Cheetah´s rock, etc.

Did you know?

1. one out of every ten people in Tanzania is affected with HIV/AIDS.
2. About 33% of the Tanzanian population is illiterate.
3. Tanzania is surrounded by three of the world’s most magnificent lakes - Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa and Lake Victoria.
4. The extinct Ngorongoro Crater, in Tanzania, is the largest complete crater in the world.

5. Tanzania has more than a 100 different tribal groups.

Cultural Aspects

1. The work day starts at 6 a.m and is called the 1st hour of the day.
2. English is used as the language of higher education, as well as in business and government.
3. From a young age, Tanzanian children are taught how to be polite and respectful. They will normally greet their elders with the phrase shikamoo, which literally translates as ‘I hold your feet’.
4. With large communities of both Muslims and Christians, it’s not uncommon for towns to have a mosque and a church.