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Lesotho : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Loti (LSL)
  • Internet domain: .ls - Telephone code: +266 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Wednesday february 14, 2024Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday march 11, 2024MosheshoeSecular holiday
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    Thursday march 21, 2024Arbor DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday march 28, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday march 29, 2024Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 1, 2024Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday april 8, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday may 1, 2024Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday may 9, 2024AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday may 25, 2024Africa DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday june 20, 2024End of school yearSchool holidays
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    Wednesday july 17, 2024King's AnniversarySecular holiday
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    Valentine's Day

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    Wednesday february 14, 2024
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Mosheshoe

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    Monday march 11, 2024
    Secular holiday : In tribute to King Moshoeshoe I who united the Basotho nation. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Arbor Day

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    Thursday march 21, 2024
    Culture :

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday march 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Good Friday

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    Friday march 29, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter Monday

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    Monday april 1, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday april 8, 2024
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Wednesday may 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Ascension

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    Thursday may 9, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Africa Day

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    Saturday may 25, 2024
    Secular holiday : On the 25th of May 1963 the Organisation of African Unity was established at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Its purpose was to promote the unity and solidarity of African states, defend the sovereignty of all members, eradicate all forms of colonialism, promote international cooperation having due regard for the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, coordinate and harmonise member states economic, diplomatic, educational, health, welfare, scientific and defence policies.

    End of school year

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    Thursday june 20, 2024
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    King's Anniversary

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    Wednesday july 17, 2024
    Secular holiday : The King of Lesotho, Letsie III, serves a largely ceremonial function; he no longer possesses any executive authority and is prohibited from actively participating in political initiatives.