The current flag of Lesotho was adopted on the 40th anniversary of independence in 2006.
When is Lesotho Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 166 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Basutoland gained its independence from Britain and became the Kingdom of Lesotho in 1966|
Independence Day is a public holiday in Lesotho observed on 4th October.
This is Lesotho's National Day and marks independence from Britain on 4 October 1966.
History of Lesotho Independence Day
Lesotho emerged in the 1820s, when Basutoland was founded by King Moshoeshoe I who united the tribes in the area in order to defend themselves from attacks by the Zulus.
Basutoland then found itself in territorial disputes with the Boer trekkers from the Orange Free State. King Moshoeshoe turned to the British for help and Basutoland was made a British protectorate in 1868, before gaining colony status in 1884.
On 4 October 1966, Basutoland was formally granted its independence from Great Britain as the Kingdom of Lesotho, with Moshoeshoe II as king and Chief Leabua Jonathan (Basotho National Party) as prime minister.
Did you know?
The lowest point above sea level in Lesotho is 1500 metres, making it the country with the highest low point in the world.