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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Botswana. Please scroll down to view.

The Republic of Botswana is a small nation located in Southern Africa. Botswana currently celebrates 10 official holidays throughout the year. The holiday laws are governed by the Labor Code of Botswana. This Labor Code, however, only denotes eight official holidays. The government has issued through their authority two additional holidays.

According to the Labour Code, employees must be given a day off with pay for all nationally recognised holidays. If the employee cannot take the day off due to the nature of their work, the law states that they must be given a different day off with pay instead or paid double their regular rate on the holiday. The option is up to the employer.

Two of Botswana’s holidays are two-day celebrations. On these holidays, employers are required to give the employees both days off, but are only required to pay for one day. Employers have the option of paying for both days if they desire.

Domestic workers in Botswana are only guaranteed four pay holidays a year. They are required to work on all other holidays at the regular rate of pay.

If a holiday occurs on a Sunday, the government of Botswana will officially recognise the holiday on the following Monday.

Regional, Dialect, Religious, and Professional Holidays

Botswana has a very diverse culture and many of the people within the country still live within tribal settings, speak a separate language, or practice continent based religions. Each of these different cultural aspects may celebrate holidays that are specific to their tribe, location or religion. The government of Botswana acknowledges that these holidays occur, but does not recognise them on an official basis.

Different professions may also take specific days off base on their business. The government encourages businesses to take these days off in conjunction with national holidays to ensure the flow of commerce. However, if the businesses chose a different day than a national holiday, the government acknowledges this day off but does not place any legal requirements on employers.

All non-official holidays in Botswana do not fall under the labor code. Employers are not required to provide a paid day off for these events or substitute any special days. Any acknowledgement of these holidays by employers is strictly up to the business owner.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
1 JulSatSir Seretse Khama Day
17 JulMonPresident's Day
18 JulTuePresident's Day Holiday
30 SepSatBotswana Day
2 OctMonBotswana Day Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day