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Botswana bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name
Thu Labour Day
Thu Ascension Day
Tue Sir Seretse Khama Day
Mon President's Day
Tue President's Day Holiday
Tue Botswana Day
Wed Botswana Day Holiday
Fri Public Holiday (General Elections)
Thu Christmas Day
Fri Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates

16 Oct 2014 Botswana October 24 Public Holiday Gazetted (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The Governement of Botswana has published the Statutory Instrument No. 117 & 118 of 2014 in the Government Gazette of October 13, 2014, thus officially making the previously announced Friday, October 24, 2014, one-off non-working public holiday in Botswana, official.  07 Aug 2014 Botswana Public Holiday October 24 (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The president of Botswana, Ian Khama, in his statement at the final session of the 10th Parliament, announced that the date of the upcoming General Election would be Friday, October 24, 2014, and that that date would once again be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Botswana.  01 Jan 2014 Botswana 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Botswana for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  15 Jan 2013 Botswana 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has released the list of official non-working public holidays in Botswana for the calendar year 2013.  21 Jan 2012 Botswana 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has released the list of official non-working public holidays in Botswana for the calendar year 2012.  07 Sep 2009 Botswana Declares October 16 Election Public Holiday (MNEGI-Gaborone) Botswana's Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Margaret Nasha, has announced that the upcoming election day, Friday, October 16, 2009, will be a public holiday.  03 Sep 2009 Botswana Could Declare October 16 Public Holiday (The Sunday Standard-Gaborone) Following this morning's issuance of a writ of elections, by Botswana President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, announcing Friday, October 16th, 2009, as the date for the upcoming general election, opposition parties have called on the President to declare election day a public holiday.  14 Mar 2009 Botswana Election Day Public Holiday Update 3 (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) Addressing participants during a two-day national youth workshop on Monday, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Mr Osupile Maroba, said the prerogative to declare election day a public holiday lies with the president, adding that there is nothing that the commission can do in that regard if the law is not amended.  26 Jan 2009 Botswana Election Day Public Holiday Update 2 (Sunday Standard Reporter-Gaborone) The ruling Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has asked the Government to declare Election Day a public holiday so as to give everybody a chance to go to the polls.  27 Nov 2008 Botswana Election Day Public Holiday Update (Botswana Ministry of Communications) It appears that the Electoral Amendment Bill presented to Botswana's Parliament by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration will pass, but that before then it will be amended to make the dates of elections a public holiday.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Botswana public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Botswana are regulated by the Labour Laws of Botswana (Part VIII / 100) and the Public Holidays Act, 2006- Act No. 17 of 2006 (An Act to re-enact, with amendments the Public Holidays Act), published in the Government Gazette Vol. XLIV, No. 69, dated September 15th, 2006).  Multi-Day Holidays: Before 2006, the public holidays of President's Day and Botswana Day both lasted 2 days. Then the previously mentioned 2006 Public Holidays Amendment reduced both public holidays to one day, in compensation for which, Ascension was added as a public holiday, and an additional day in lieu was given when Botswana Day falls on a Saturday. However, in practice, it would seem that the new public holidays were gratefully accepted but everyone still takes 2-day holidays for President's Day and Botswana Day, including the Government of Botswana and the Bank of Botswana.  Sale and Consumption of Alcohol: A 2007 law forbids bars and bottle stores from opening on Sundays and public holidays.  Botswana International Codes BW and BWA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .bw (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Botswana information and news: Bank of Botswana (Botswana central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Botswana maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Botswana), and Wikipedia (includes Botswana commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Botswana, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Botswana, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Botswana.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Botswana, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Botswana, before planning any trip to Botswana. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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