Greetings from Lusaka on Labour Day.
One of Zambia’s twelve public holidays, Labour Day is well known for its street parades. And with the rainy season having ended in April, blue skies are guaranteed. After spending most of my life in England, where it can rain at any time of the year, I appreciate the warm, dry weather in Zambia.
By 10 o’clock in the morning the route is lined with visitors, ready to enjoy the show. Sponsored by hospitals, Government departments and private employers, a procession of lorries moves down Independence Avenue. On the back of one lorry you may find hospital theatre staff, dressed in gowns and masks, performing surgery on an innocent dummy. Next there might be a science lesson or farmers minding their crops.
What I look forward to are the marching bands. Well rehearsed and smartly turned out, they bring music and spectacle to the day. Many of the musicians are young and it’s a pleasure to see the pride on their faces as they march past. For its friendly atmosphere and entertainment, Labour Day in Lusaka takes some beating.
Next week we’ll look at the challenges and rewards of taking photos at carnivals and parades, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.