Opening hours and public holidays
Shops usually open at 9am, closing around 5.30pm. They also often close for lunch and on Saturdays shut down for the weekend at 1pm. Large supermarkets tend to open earlier (7–8am) and remain open until 7–8pm Monday to Friday; they may operate reduced trading hours on Saturday and Sunday, though some remain closed on Sunday. Government offices are open Monday to Friday 8am–5pm, often taking a lunch hour at 1pm.
Namibia doesn’t have many public holidays, and if the date falls on a Sunday then the holiday is usually held on the following Monday. During these days most government offices, businesses and shops close. Many businesses and government departments also effectively close from mid-December to mid-January for the summer holidays.
New Year’s Day
Good Friday and Easter Monday
Cassinga Day. Commemorates the attack on a SWAPO base in Angola by the SADF in 1978, which killed 600.
Africa Day. Remembers the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.
Heroes’ Day. Recognized by the UN as Namibia Day, which commemorates the official start of the War of Independence in 1966.
International Human Rights Day
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