Public & National Holidays in Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with a population of just over 2 millions. Official public holidays in the country are regulated by the Labour Laws and the Public Holidays Act, 2006 – Act No. 17 of 2006.


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    Holidays in January

    1st – New Year’s Day

    The New Year’s Day is celebrated on the first of January in Botswana with great enthusiasm. People from all across the country celebrate the first day of the Gregorian year making different New Year’s resolutions.

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    Holidays in March

    29th – Good Friday

    Good Friday is a religious holiday observed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Like in other Christian countries, the day is observed with great respect in Botswana as well.

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    Holidays in April

    1st – Easter Monday

    It is the day after Easter Sunday and is observed in Botswana with great respect. It is religious as well as cultural holiday in the country.

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    Holidays in May

    1st – Labour Day

    It is an international holiday observed to pay tribute to the labour class. 1st May is a public holiday in Botswana as well.

    9th – Ascension Day

    It is a religious holiday and the day is observed with great respect in the Christian community of Botswana.

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    Holidays in July

    1st - Sir Seretse Khama Day

    Sir Seretse Khama is the founder of Botswana and he led his country’s independent movement in early 1960s. The day is observed to pay tribute to his efforts for the entire nation.

    15th – President’s Day

    15th of July is a public holiday in Botswana and is observed to commemorate the workings of all the presidents of the African nation.

    16th - President’s Day Holiday

    16th of July is also a public holiday in Botswana and people from all over the country pay tribute to country’s current and former presidents.

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    Holidays in September

    30th - Botswana Day

    September 30 is the national day of Botswana and is celebrated in all parts of country with great interest and excitement.

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    Holidays in October

    1st - Botswana Day Holiday

    The national day of a country deserve more than just one holiday and same is the case with Botswana day. The day after the national day is also a public holiday in the country.

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    Holidays in December

    25th – Christmas Day

    Like Easter, Christmas is celebrated in Botswana with great enthusiasm. It is one of the most awaited holidays in the country.

    26th – Boxing Day

    The day after Christmas or Boxing Day is a public holiday in the landlocked African country.

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