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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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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 17, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Friday March 11, 2022MosheshoeSecular holiday
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Monday March 21, 2022Arbor DayEvents, celebrations...
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Thursday April 14, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Friday April 15, 2022Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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Tuesday April 19, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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Wednesday May 25, 2022Africa DaySecular holiday
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Thursday May 26, 2022AscensionCatholic or protestant
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Friday June 3, 2022End of school yearSchool holidays
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Sunday July 17, 2022King's AnniversarySecular holiday
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Saturday July 30, 2022Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday January 17, 2022
School holidays : Http://education.org.ls
Calendar provided by the Ministry of Education
Primary schools close one week ealier in June
Schooling is mandatory till age 13
Teaching languages: Sotho, English
Schools close on Saturday
School uniforms required

Dates 2021 calendar NOT CONFIRMED due to Covid epidemics

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Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
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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Friday March 11, 2022
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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Monday March 21, 2022
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Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Thursday April 14, 2022
School holidays :

Good Friday

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Friday April 15, 2022
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 18, 2022
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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Tuesday April 19, 2022
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Labor Day/May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
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 .

Africa Day

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Wednesday May 25, 2022
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.

Ascension

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Thursday May 26, 2022
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.

End of school year

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Friday June 3, 2022
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King's Anniversary

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Sunday July 17, 2022
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.

Beginning of school year

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Saturday July 30, 2022
School holidays :