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Easter
Lesotho

Easter 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Lesotho

Lesotho keeps Easter in a big way, which is somewhat unsurprising given that around 99 percent of its inhabitants are professing Christians. In fact, all of Holy Week is observed by many.

YearDateDayHoliday
20212 AprFriGood Friday
5 AprMonEaster Monday
202215 AprFriGood Friday
18 AprMonEaster Monday
20237 AprFriGood Friday
10 AprMonEaster Monday
202429 MarFriGood Friday
1 AprMonEaster Monday
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

For Catholics and Protestants, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, but with East Orthodox believers, it commences that day before on the Saturday of Lazarus’ resurrection. And Easter Monday is also observed in Lesotho.

Besides church services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, Easter is also a time of family feasts and reunions. The Basotho, the name of Lesotho’s main ethnic group, do much traveling to be with family on or just before Easter.

Family feasts may include freshly slaughtered beef, local vegetables, and “joala”, a kind of homemade beer. There is often singing, dancing, jubilation and drinking of joala late into the night.

You will also find Easter parades in Lesotho. But the level of commercialisation is not nearly like that of most Western countries. Instead, the atmosphere is more spiritual and religious, more focused on the traditional meaning of the holiday regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202010 AprFriGood Friday
13 AprMonEaster Monday
201919 AprFriGood Friday
22 AprMonEaster Monday
201830 MarFriGood Friday
2 AprMonEaster Monday
201714 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday