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Lesotho bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 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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Lesotho Public Holidays in 2018
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
Mar. 11 Sun King Moshoeshoe I's Anniversary
     30 Fri Good Friday
Apr.  2 Mon Easter Monday
May   1 Tue Workers' Day
     10 Thu Ascension Day
     25 Fri Africa Day / Heroes' Day
July    Tue King Letsie III's Birthday
Oct.    Thu Independence Day
Dec.    Tue Christmas Day
        Wed Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

25 Sep 2017 Lesotho Declares September 30 Public Holiday (Lesotho News Agency-Maseru) The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Lesotho, Tsukutlane Au, has announced that it had declared Saturday, September 30, 2017, as a one-off public holiday in conjunction with the upcoming elections to afford voters time to travel to their respective voting constituencies for the local government elections.  15 Jan 2017 Lesotho 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published its annual official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the current calendar year 2017.  21 Apr 2016 Lesotho May 1-2 Public Holidays (Lesotho News Agency-Maseru) The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Lesotho has announced that it had declared Monday, May 2, 2016, as a one-off non-working day in lieu public holiday in Lesotho, to compensate the fact that the annual Workers Day public holiday of Lesotho falls on a Sunday in the calendar year 2016.  16 Jan 2016 Lesotho 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published its annual official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the current calendar year 2016.  01 Mar 2015 Lesotho 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published its annual official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the current calendar year 2015.  18 May 2014 Lesotho 2014 Public Holidays Updated (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Government of Lesotho has, in turn, published its annual official list of non-working public holidays in Lesotho for the current calendar year 2014.  10 Feb 2014 Lesotho 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published its annual official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the current calendar year 2014.  27 Jul 2012 Lesotho 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published the official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the upcoming calendar year 2013.  13 May 2012 Lesotho Public Holiday May 26 (The Lesotho Cabinet-Maseru) The Cabinet of Lesotho has approved a measure that will make May 26, 2012, the date of the upcoming general elections, a non-working public holiday in Lesotho.  11 Jul 2011 Lesotho 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Central Bank of Lesotho-Maseru) The Central Bank of Lesotho has published the official list of bank holidays and public holidays in Lesotho for the upcoming calendar year 2012.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Lesotho 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 Lesotho are regulated by the Public Holidays Act (No. 7 of 1995) and which came into effect on January 1st, 1996 (Government Gazette, Extraordinary, 1995-10-13, Vol. XL, No. 73, p. 743), thus repealing the Public Holidays Act of 1967. It was later amended by Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill 2002 which shifted Heroes Day from 4 April to 25 May.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date (ie. they are not moved to another date, such as the following Monday, for example), but no official source has been found to confirm or repudiate this. Nevertheless, after reviewing data from previous years, it is strongly believed that they remain on fixed dates, especially since the Central Bank lists holidays that fall on Sundays and does not move them to the following Monday.  Africa Day/Heroes' Day: Heroes Day, used to be on April 4, but it was decided that, in Lesotho, Africa Day would be celebrated together with Heroes Day, on May 25, following the July 2001 African Unity (AU) summit, in Lusaka, Zambia.  King's Birthday: The 1995 Public Holidays Act lists this public holiday as occurring on May 2, but this is now observed on July 17, the birthday of King Letsie III (born July 17, 1963). May 2 was the birthday of his father, King Moshoeshoe II, who died in a car crash on January 15, 2006, barely 2 weeks after the Public Holidays Act was signed into law.  Lesotho International Codes LS and LSO (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ls (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Lesotho information and news: Central Bank of Lesotho (Lesotho central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Lesotho maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Lesotho), and Wikipedia (includes Lesotho 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 Lesotho, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Lesotho, 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 Lesotho.


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 Lesotho, 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 Lesotho, before planning any trip to Lesotho. 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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