Botswana Day in Botswana in 2024

Botswana Day in Botswana in 2024
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Botswana Day
  Dates of Botswana Day in Botswana
2025 Botswana Tue, Sep 30 National Holiday
2024 Botswana Mon, Sep 30 National Holiday
2023 Sep 30, Oct 2
BotswanaMon, Oct 2National Holiday (in lieu)
BotswanaSat, Sep 30National Holiday
2022 Botswana Sat, Oct 1 National Holiday
2021 Botswana Thu, Sep 30 National Holiday

Botswana gained its independence from Great Britain on September 30th 1966

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When is Botswana Day?

Botswana Day starts on September 30th every year and lasts for two days. If Botswana Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday will be observed as a public holiday

This public holiday is Botswana's National Day and marks independence from the United Kingdom on this day in 1966.

History of Botswana Day

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 March 31st 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.

Did you know?

The Botswanan name for rain, 'pula' is also the name of the national currency because it is so rare, yet so important to the economy.

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 September 30th 1966.

Seretse Khama who had been a key figure in the independence movement was elected as the first President.

How is Botswana Day Observed?

The day is marked by patriotic ceremonies, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural displays, and public gatherings, reflecting Botswana's journey to freedom and its achievements as an independent nation.

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