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Holiday Calendar for Botswana

Holiday Calendar for Botswana for 2018-2019 years
What is so Amazing about Africa? Botswana’s traditional festivals draw thousands of tourists to the fascinating indigenous displays of African music and dance. Public holidays are largely controlled by government sector employers who are given paid time off. Christian holidays, Muslim holidays, Hindu holidays, or Eastern Orthodox observances according to the Julian calendar are officially observed. Notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in Botswana

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2018-2019 years

October 2018

December 2018

Wednesday 26 December - Boxing day (Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana)

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

Monday 11 March - Commonwealth Day in Botswana (is an opportunity to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality; celebrated on the second Monday in March)

April 2019

May 2019

Wednesday 1 May - Labour Day in Botswana
Monday 13 May - Mother's Day in Botswana

June 2019

Monday 17 June - Father's Day in Botswana

July 2019

Monday 1 July - Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana
Monday 15 July - President's Day in Botswana (celebrated on the third Monday of July)

September 2019

Monday 30 September - Independence Day in Botswana or Botswana Day (celebrates the independence of Botswana from United Kingdom in 1966)

Some Botswana traditions, festivals, celebrations, activities

Tswana language and culture dominates mainstream Botswanan society. They have a distinct culture that is different from the other ethnic groups living in Botswana in terms of social organisations, ceremonies, language and religious beliefs. Many of the smaller popular celebrations today were combined to make more modern events..
The Maitisong Festival is undoubtedly the biggest arts festival in Botswana. It is scheduled for March or April at various venues around Gaborone. The event lasts for nine full days and sees the entire population take to the streets in carnival mode. As usual, with a varied and exciting line-up of events, the Festival will celebrate brilliant local and international shows to provide an unforgettable experience for all.
Organized and run by a collection of artists based in Maun, Maun International Arts Festival in October is an event that was designed to celebrate the cultures and traditions of the Botswana people.
Guu Tjilenje Cultural Festival is an event held in Botswana’s northeastern regional town of Nlapkhwane. It is held every year in May. Totally traditional, the event involves ancient games, dances, music and stalls crammed with local food and drink.
For travellers looking to enjoy a legendary event in Botswana, the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race has been successively hosted in Botswana for the past thirty-five years. A must-see for fans of off-road motor sport races, this thrilling annual June event involves quads, bikes and cars, with 25 spectator areas set around the country.
The Kuru Dance Festival has been included in the nation’s calendar of events marking the full moon where most of the San communities find it very significant in their culture as they are able to heal the sick through the power they receive from song and dance. This unique event takes place every August on the only Bushman-owned game farm in Botswana.
Festive Season: most Batswana follow the Christian religion, and Christmas is a great time to visit as it’s a major holiday here.
Tuesday 16 October 2018
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Tuesday 16 October 2018
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Tuesday 16 October 2018
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Tuesday 16 October 2018
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Wednesday 17 October 2018
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Wednesday 17 October 2018
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Thursday 18 October 2018
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Thursday 18 October 2018
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Friday 19 October 2018
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Saturday 20 October 2018
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Monday 22 October 2018
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Monday 22 October 2018
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Wednesday 24 October 2018
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Wednesday 24 October 2018
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Thursday 25 October 2018
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Friday 26 October 2018
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Saturday 27 October 2018
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