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Christmas
Botswana

Christmas 2019 and 2020 in Botswana

Christmas in Botswana is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.

YearDateDayHoliday
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
202025 DecFriChristmas Day

Keresemose (Christmas) in Botswana occurs in the summertime since the country lies in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a time of year when the landscape greens up and becomes much more flourishing than in previous months.

Christmas is also an occasion for family gatherings and feasts, exchanging gifts, and holding special church services. Many who live in the cities return to their ancestral homelands to celebrate and may stay there for weeks.

Family or village feasts are a huge part of the celebration. Seswaa, a savoury stew with beef or goat meat, is a very common food eaten at this time. Other traditional foods eaten at Christmas include pap and morogo, and Braai barbecues are also increasing common.