Sunrise at Kubu Island, Botswana
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Dates of Botswana Day holiday
|Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain on 30 September 1966|
Botswana Day Holiday is a public holiday in Botswana.
It is normally celebrated on 1 October, the day after Botswana Day. If Botswana Day falls on a Friday, this holiday may be moved to Thursday 29 September.
This public holiday is the second day of holidays to mark independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
In the late nineteenth century, the Tswana inhabitants in the region were being attacked by tribes from the north-east and threatened by the advancing Dutch Boer settlers from the south and east.
To combat these threats, the Batswana leaders Khama III, Bathoen and Sebele appealed to the British Government for assistance. The British put the northern part of the region, Bechuanaland (the name came from an English corruption of the 'Land of the Tswana'), under its protection on 31 March 1885.
When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 from the main British colonies in the region, provision was made that Bechuanaland would eventually join the union. However, the regional tribal chief wanted to stay out of the union as he didn't think it would be good for his people. His lobbying was successful and the British effectively stalled in transferring the region to South Africa. With the adoption of apartheid in 1948, any possible integration into South Africa evaporated.
Weakened by the efforts of World War II and a rising desire for independence, Britain began the process of reducing its colonies around the world, including those Africa.
In 1964, the UK accepted proposals for self-government in Botswana. A new constitution adopted in 1965 paved the way for the first general elections, resulting in independence on 30 September 1966.