Public Holidays in Botswana in 2023

In Botswana, there are 11 public holidays with 14 days in 2023, and five days fall on weekends.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1 and 2, 2023, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. In 2023, Good Friday is celebrated on April 7, 2023 in Western churches and April 14, 2023 in Eastern churches.

Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday and after Good Friday, and it is a public holiday in many countries. It falls on April 8, 2023.

Easter Monday
The Monday after Easter Sunday, it is observed on Apr 10, 2023 in Western churches and April 17, 2023 in Eastern churches.

Labour Day
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Ascension Day
Also known as the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, Ascension Day commemorates the Christian belief in the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. In 2023, the holiday falls on May 18.

Sir Seretse Khama Day
Sir Seretse Khama Day commemorates the birthday of Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, the 1st President of Botswana, who was born on July 1, 1921. In 2023, the celebration falls on July 1.

President's Day
President's Day is the holiday in honor of the current President in Botswana. Mokgweetsi Masisi is the fifth and current President of Botswana, who was born on July 21, 1962. The holiday celebration lasts two days: July 17 and 18, 2023

Botswana Day
Botswana Day, also Independence Day, is a public holiday in Botswana, and it is observed on September 30 and October 1, 2023. Botswana Day commemorates the anniversary of Botswana's independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2023.

The following is the list of public holidays in Botswana in 2023.

HolidayDateWeekdayNote
New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
New Year HolidayJan 03, 2023TuesdayObserved
Good FridayApr 07, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Holy SaturdayApr 08, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Ascension DayMay 18, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
Sir Seretse Khama DayJul 01, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
President's DayJul 17, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
President's Day HolidayJul 18, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
Botswana DaySep 30, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
Botswana Day HolidayOct 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Botswana Day HolidayOct 02, 2023MondayObserved
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Boxing DayDec 26, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Botswana in 2023.

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