Moshoeshoe I's Day in Lesotho in 2020

Moshoeshoe I's Day in Lesotho in 2020
King Moshoeshoe of the Basotho people of Lesotho. Painting from the nineteenth century
  How long until Moshoeshoe I's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 119 days.
  Dates of Moshoeshoe I's Day in Lesotho
2021 Lesotho Thu, Mar 11 National Holiday
2020 Lesotho Wed, Mar 11 National Holiday
2019 Lesotho Mon, Mar 11 National Holiday
2018 Lesotho Sun, Mar 11 National Holiday
  Summary
Moshoeshoe I was the first King of Lesotho. This holidays marks his death on 11 March 1870

When is Moshoeshoe's Day?

Moshoeshoe Day is a public holiday in Lesotho, observed on 11th March.

The holiday commemorates the first King of Lesotho, Moshoeshoe I.

History of Moshoeshoe Day

King Moshoeshoe I is considered the father of Lesotho. He reigned from 1822 - 1870, founding Basutoland to unite the tribes in the area in order to defend themselves from attacks by the Zulus.

Never suffering a major military defeat, Moshoeshoe was able to resist colonialism efforts of the Boer trekkers from the Orange Free State and although Basutoland became a British colony, Moshoeshoe was able to keep his country separate from British South Africa and Apartheid South Africa.

Ongoing border disputes with the Boers were resolved at the Treaty of Aliwal in 1869, bringing stability to his Moshoeshoe's Kingdom.

Moshoeshoe died on 11 March 1870.

Having a public holiday to mark the first ruler of a country isn't uncommon, though it is usually celebrated on the ruler's birth date. This would be tricky in regards to Moshoeshoe as while it is agreed he was born in 1786, the exact date of his birth isn't known.

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