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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a small nation located in southern Africa. Lesotho currently celebrates 11 national holidays each year. National holidays are regulated by the Public Holiday Act of 1995. This Act overrides any previous Acts concerning holidays. It should be noted that the Public Holiday Act of 1995 has been amended by public decree due to a change in Kings. This decree changes the public holiday commemorating the birthday of the king to reflect the new kings’ birthdate. Additionally, a public decree has been made declaring Boxing Day a national holiday.

The Labour Laws of Lesotho require that all employers provide their employees with a paid day off for a national holiday. Pay rates are at the same rate at which the employee is paid for normal hours worked. Employees that are required to work on a national holiday are provided with a different paid day off in lieu of the holiday.

The government of Lesotho reserves the right to declare one-time national holidays by publication. Many times these holidays are declared with very short notice to the employers. Regardless, all national holidays must be observed within the country.

Some of the dates for holidays celebrated in Lesotho are determined by the lunar calendar. These holidays will be celebrated on different dates each year. The government of Lesotho requires that all employers acknowledge these holidays each year.

The government also reserves the right to move holiday celebrations to the following Monday if any national holiday occurs on a Sunday. The government will also release in the beginning of each year the official dates for national holidays. This announcement is made by official publication.

Cultural, Linguistic, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

The population of Lesotho is very diverse and there are many groups of people within the country that are considered indigenous populations. These people often live within tribes, linguistic groups or in specific areas. Each of these cultures celebrates many special holidays that are specific to their culture.

In addition to these cultural celebrations, there are many people who have religious practices that are significant to the continent. All holiday celebrations associated with these religious beliefs are not considered national holidays.

The Kingdom of Lesotho acknowledges that there are many cultural, religious, and linguistic holidays celebrated in the country. However, the government does not acknowledge these events as national holidays and does not require employers to provide paid days off for their celebrations.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
11 MarSatKing Moshoeshoe I's Anniversary
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
25 MayThuAfrica Day / Heroes' Day
17 JulMonKing Letsie III's Birthday
4 OctWedIndependence Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day