Saba Saba Day is celebrated on July 7. This year, Tanzania is commemorating this historic day as the date is significant in Tanzanian history. For many years, Tanzania was ruled by European countries. It existed as two separate political entities after the Europeans left. Tanganyika and Zanzibar were united under the leadership of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), a political organization. Saba Saba Day commemorates TANU’s role in the formation and unification of Tanzania. The day is a national holiday, and it will also coincide with the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (D.I.T.F.).
History of Saba Saba Day
Tanzania is a truly amazing nation with an incredible history and natural bounty, with the Serengeti wilderness, the pride of Kilimanjaro that reaches the clouds, and an ancient history that dates back to the first Homo sapiens. The nation is officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania. It shares its borders with Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Comoro Islands, and the Indian Ocean. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti are unquestionably Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti are undeniably Tanzanian treasures that attract visitors from around the world. They also have beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater.
The earliest Homo sapiens fossils have been discovered in Tanzania. As a result, the country is one of the oldest in human history and archeology. Various European powers ruled the region in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They did, however, gain independence later on. Before April 26, 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar were two separate countries. Tanzania was formed by the union of these two countries to serve common political values.
In 1954, Julius Nyerere formed the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) to achieve national sovereignty. The day of its formation is now celebrated as Saba Saba Day. Tanzania is also well-known for hosting the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (D.I.T.F.). It is an annual event that attracts more than half a million visitors to the country. It lasts two weeks starting on Saba Saba Day and has a direct impact on the business of Eastern and Central Africa.
Saba Saba Day timeline
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama visits the Tanzanian coast.
German Colonization gains territory in the Tanzania region.
British and Belgian forces occupy most of Germany's East Africa.
Tanganyika is a republic, and Mr. Nyerere serves as its president.
Saba Saba Day FAQs
Why is Saba Saba Day in Tanzania?
Saba Saba Day is a special day in Tanzania that commemorates the formation of the Tanganyika African National Union, which is an important event on Tanzania’s journey to statehood.
Is Saba Saba a public holiday?
Yes, Saba Saba Day is a public holiday in Tanzania.
What was Tanzania called before?
Tanganyika and Zanzibar unified to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It was later renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.
Saba Saba Day Activities
Read Tanzanian history
Tanzania has a rich history. Read about the history of the country from the time of Neanderthals. Share some cool facts with your family and friends on social media.
Share your knowledge of Tanzania
Tanzania might not be known to some people. Find out whether anyone on your friend list is unfamiliar with the country. If that's the case, try to teach them about this wonderful country.
Wish the Tanzanians on social media
If you can, try to wish a Tanzanian. If you don't know one in person, upload a wish on social media to all the Tanzanians. It’s also a good way to make new friends!
5 Facts About Tanzania That You Should Know
Population of Tanzania
The population of Tanzania is around 55.5 million.
Size of Tanzania
Tanzania occupies a geographical area of 364,900 square miles.
English and Swahili are the main languages in Tanzania.
Life expectancy of men and women
The average life expectancy of men in Tanzania is 63 years, and that of women is 67 years.
Official currency of Tanzania
The Tanzanian shilling is the official currency of the country.
Why We Love Saba Saba Day
A natural beauty
Tanzania is a country of rich biodiversity. The geographical formation of the country is unique, and we love this day for bringing it to the limelight.
History older than Homo sapiens
Tanzania was one of the first places on the planet where Homo sapiens evolved. It is a continent that has seen the evolution of modern humans.
Unified for a common cause
Tanzania used to be divided into two separate countries. We love it when two countries band together for the sake of their people's development.
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