Public Holidays in Lesotho
Lesotho, a small landlocked country nestled within South Africa, observes several public holidays throughout the year, reflecting its cultural, historical, and religious diversity. Here are some of the prominent public holidays in Lesotho:
- New Year's Day (January 1st): Lesotho celebrates the beginning of the new year with festivities, fireworks, and family gatherings.
- Independence Day (October 4th): Independence Day commemorates Lesotho's independence from British colonial rule in 1966. The day is marked with parades, cultural events, and patriotic celebrations.
- Moshoeshoe's Day (March 11th): This holiday honors King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho nation. It is a day to celebrate and remember his contributions to the nation's history and identity.
- Good Friday: Observed during Holy Week, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is a significant day in the Christian calendar.
- Easter Monday: Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday and is a public holiday marked by religious observances and family gatherings.
- Labour Day (May 1st): Labour Day celebrates the achievements and contributions of workers in Lesotho and around the world. It is a day for workers to relax and enjoy various activities.
- Ascension Day: Ascension Day marks the Christian belief in the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, 40 days after his resurrection.
- King's Birthday (July 17th): This holiday celebrates the birthday of the reigning monarch of Lesotho. It is a day of national pride and celebration.
- National Day (October 4th): This day is celebrated along with Independence Day and commemorates Lesotho's status as a sovereign nation.
- Christmas Day (December 25th): Christmas is celebrated with religious services, festive meals, and the exchange of gifts among family and friends.
- Boxing Day (December 26th): Boxing Day is a public holiday for relaxation and post-Christmas activities.
- Moslem Holidays: Lesotho's Muslim community observes Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
These public holidays in Lesotho reflect the nation's cultural and religious diversity and provide opportunities for people to come together, celebrate their heritage, and observe important events in their faith traditions.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Moshoeshoe's Day||March 11||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Workers' Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Ascension Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Africa / Heroes Day||May 25||Saturday||Public Holiday|