Botswana Independence Day

Botswana Independence Day

September 30-October 1
Botswana became independent from Great Britain on September 30, 1966. Since 1885, the region had been a British colony called the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The biggest Independence Day festivities are held in the capital city of Gaberones, and includes the singing of the national anthem, "Fatshe La Rona" (Blessed Country).
President's Day is another national holiday, observed on two days in mid-July.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Botswana
1531-1533 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-244-4990; fax: 202-244-4164
www.botswanaembassy.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 163
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 179
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