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Botswana bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Botswana Public Holidays in 2018
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
      2 Tue New Year Holiday
Mar. 30 Fri Good Friday
Apr.  2 Mon Easter Monday
May     Tue Labour Day
        Thu Ascension Day
July    Sun Sir Seretse Khama Day
        Mon Sir Seretse Khama Day Holiday
        Mon President's Day
        Tue President's Day Holiday
Sep.    Sun Botswana Day
Oct.    Mon Botswana Day Holiday
        Tue Botswana Day Holiday
Dec.    Tue Christmas Day
        Wed Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

10 Aug 2017 Botswana Announces Makwala Public Holiday (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) Botswana's Sports Minister, Thapelo Olopeng, has announced that a one-off public holiday in Botswana would be declared to honour Isaac Makwala's performance at the World Athletics Championship  25 Dec 2016 Botswana 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has released its annual list of official non-working bank holidays and public holidays in Botswana for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  16 Dec 2016 Botswana Public Holiday January 3 (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has announced that Tuesday, January 3, 2017, would be a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Botswana, on account of January 1st, 2017, falling on a Sunday.  03 Sep 2016 Botswana 2016 Public Holidays Amended (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has announced on its Twitter account that Friday, September 29, 2016, would be a non-working public holiday in Botswana, contrary to the previously announced list of 2016 non-working public holidays in Botswana ("29th September Declared A Holiday. Thurs 29th & 30th Sept declared public holidays. Monday 3rd October NOT a holiday #BOT50 #UnitedAndProud").  27 Dec 2015 Botswana 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The government of Botswana has released its annual list of official non-working bank holidays and public holidays in Botswana for the upcoming calendar year 2016.  23 Dec 2015 Botswana Public Holidays December 24 and 31 (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The Directorate of Public Service Management of the Government of Botswana has announced that it had declared Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31, 2015, as non-working public sector holidays in Botswana.  25 Dec 2014 Botswana 2015 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 2015.  16 Oct 2014 Botswana October 24 Public Holiday Gazetted (Botswana Press Agency-Gaborone) The Government of Botswana has published the Statutory Instrument No. 117 & 118 of 2014 in the Government Gazette of October 13, 2014, thus 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 this 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.  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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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).


Footnotes
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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.


Disclaimer
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 2018 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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