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Botswana Public Holidays 2017

Today – 18 December 2017 – is not a holiday in Botswana.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Botswana. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

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

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.

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