Botswana Day

Observed annually on September 30th, Botswana Day is a public holiday that marks Botswana’s independence from the UK in 1966. It is followed by the Botswana Day holiday, usually celebrated on October 1st, which may be moved to Thursday, September 29th, if Botswana Day falls on a Friday.

Also known as Boipuso, this day is typically associated with a variety of events such as fireworks, concerts, family reunions, picnics, and parades. It is also a day on which all non-essential federal institutions are closed.

It is a day when most businesses and schools are closed, thereby giving the general population a day off. On social media, #Boipuso or #BotswanaDay is commonly used to spread the word about this holiday around the world.

The History of Botswana Day

During the late 19th century, Tswana inhabitants in the area were threatened by other tribes and Dutch Boer settlers, so they appealed to Great Britain for assistance. On March 31, 1885, the British government placed the northern part of the region, known as Bechuanaland, under its protection.

When South Africa was being formed in 1910, British authorities wanted Bechuanaland to join the union, but the local chiefs did not think that would be a good idea. In 1964, the UK accepted the proposal for self-governance in Botswana.

The following year, a new constitution was adopted. This directly led to general elections and the eventual independence of Botswana on September 30, 1966.

Interesting Facts About Botswana

Below, you will find some interesting facts about Botswana. Let’s take a few moments to look at them before we talk about observing this holiday.

  • Botswana has the highest concentration of elephants in Africa.
  • Approximately 70% of Botswana’s total area is occupied by the Kalahari Desert.
  • Botswana is one of the world’s largest producers of diamonds.
  • The currency of Botswana is called “pula,” a Setswana word that means “rain.”
  • Approximately 38% of Botswana is protected as reserves, wildlife management areas, and sanctuaries.

Observing Botswana Day

Since many businesses and non-essential federal offices are closed on this day, many people gather with friends and family members for picnics and/or barbecues. There are also a host of other activities enjoyed on this holiday, including firework displays, parades, and speeches given by politicians.

Where is it celebrated?
Botswana (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
Next year (2025)
Last year (2023)