Botswana Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

DayDateHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
3 JanTueNew Year's Day Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday - Is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
25 MayThursAscension Day - Commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. 39 days after Easter
1 JulSatSir Seretse Khama Day - Celebrate birth of the first president. Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, GCB, KBE was the first President of Botswana, in office from 1966 to 1980
17 JulMonPresidents' Day - Since 2006, this holiday change from two-day to a one-day holiday held on the third Monday of July
18 JulTuePresidents' Day Holiday - Tuesday after 3rd Monday in July. Many public and private institutions such as the Botswana Stock Exchange still typically observe a two-day holiday at this time of year
30 SeptSatBotswana Day (Independence Day) - Commonly called Boipuso. Celebrates Botswana's Declaration of Independence from the United Kingdom on September 30, 1966
1 OctSunBotswana Day Holiday - Celebrates economic and social achievements of workers
2 OctMonBotswana Day Holiday - Additional day in lieu as Botswana Day falls on a Saturday
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christian celebrates the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate

DayDateHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
3 AprFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
6 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayFriLabour Day (International Labour Day)
14 MayThursAscension (40th days after Easter)
1 JulWedSir Seretse Khama Day
20 JulMonPresidents' Day (3rd Monday in July)
21 JulTuePresidents' Day Holiday (Tuesday after 3rd Monday in July)
30 SeptWedBotswana Day
1 OctThursBotswana Day Holiday
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
28 MarMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MaySatLabour Day (International Labour Day)
5 MayThursAscension (40th days after Easter)
1 JulFriSir Seretse Khama Day
18 JulMonPresidents' Day (3rd Monday in July)
19 JulTuePresidents' Day Holiday (Tuesday after 3rd Monday in July)
29 SeptThursBotswana Day Holiday
30 SeptFriBotswana Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day

DayDateHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueLabour Day (International Labour Day)
10 MayThursAscension Day (40th days after Easter)
1 JulSunSir Seretse Khama Day
16 JulMonPresidents' Day (3rd Monday in July)
17 JulTuePresidents' Day Holiday (Tuesday after 3rd Monday in July)
30 SeptSunBotswana Day
1 OctMonBotswana Day Holiday
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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