February

N’cwala

The Ngoni people hold this thanksgiving or ‘first fruits’ festival in late February near Chipata in eastern Zambia. There’s plenty of food, dance and music for celebrating the approaching end of the rainy season and to pray for a successful harvest.

April

Kuomboka

Kuomboka is celebrated by the Lozi people of western Zambia at the end of the rainy season to mark the journey of their litunga (king) from his compound on the Zambezi flood plains to higher ground. Dates vary.

August

Kusefya Pangwena

At Kusefya Pangwena, northern Zambia’s Bemba people celebrate their 1830s victory over the marauding Ngoni with a program of music, drama and dance. The festival is held near Kasama over four days in August.