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Public Holidays


South Africa has 12 public holidays as determined by the Public Holidays Act [No. 36 of 1994].
The Act also declares that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday.

The Public Holidays Amendment Act [No. 48 of 1995] also makes provision for the President to declare any day to be a public holiday, e.g. Wednesday 8th May 2019 (Election Day).

View the South African Government's website for further information regarding public holidays.

On 17th April 2013 the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities published it's "RECOMMENDATIONS: PUBLIC HOLIDAYS vs RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL HOLYDAYS"

Public Holidays

New Year's Day

New Year's Day is an internationally observed holiday on January 1st (the first day of the Gregorian calender year).

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on March 21st.
The national holiday is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960 when demonstrators were gunned down by police, and a celebration of South Africa’s unique constitution, which gives equal rights to all, as the South Afican Human Rights Commission was launched on 21 March 1996.

Good Friday

Good Friday is an internationally observed (Christian) holiday on the Friday before Easter Sunday

Family Day

Family Day (or Easter Monday) is an internationally observed holiday on the day after Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday was renamed to Family Day by the South Afican government in 1995.

Freedom Day

Freedom Day is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on April 27th.
The day celebrates freedom and commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid non-racial elections that were held on April 27th 1994.

Worker's Day

Worker's Day (or Labour Day) is an internationally observed holiday on May 1st

Youth Day

Youth Day is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on June 16th.
Previously known as Soweto Day, Youth Day commemorates the start of the Soweto riots of 1976 when over 700 people, mostly youths, were killed.

National Women's Day

National Women's Day is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on August 9th.
The holiday commemorates the national march of over 20,000 women on August 9th 1956 to petition against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to 'prove' that they were allowed to enter a 'white area').

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on September 24th.
In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, (former) President Mandela stated: "When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation."

Day of Reconciliation

Day of Reconciliation is an annual South African public holiday that is celebrated on December 16th.
The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity.

Christmas Day

Christmas is an internationally observed (Christian) holiday on December 25th.

Day of Goodwill

Day of Goodwill (or Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day) is an internationally observed holiday on December 26th.
Boxing Day was renamed to Day of Goodwill by the South African Government in 1994.

Not just Public Holidays ... but also other celebrated dates

To see dates for all "Commemorative Events" observed by South Africa in 2020 check the South African Government website

New Year's Day
Wednesday 1st January 2020
Public Holiday
Saint Valentine's Day
Friday 14th February 2020
 
Saint Patrick's Day
Tuesday 17th March 2020
 
Human Rights Day
Saturday 21st March 2020
Public Holiday
Good Friday
Friday 10th April 2020
Public Holiday
Holy Saturday
Saturday 11th April 2020
 
Easter Sunday
Sunday 12th April 2020
 
Family Day
Monday 13th April 2020
Public Holiday
Freedom Day
Monday 27th April 2020
Public Holiday
Workers' Day
Friday 1st May 2020
Public Holiday
Mother's Day
Sunday 10th May 2020
 
Youth Day
Tuesday 16th June 2020
Public Holiday
Father's Day
Sunday 21st June 2020
 
Nelson Mandela International Day
Saturday 18th July 2020
 
National Women's Day
Sunday 9th August 2020
Monday 10th August 2020
 
Public Holiday
Heritage Day
Thursday 24th September 2020
Public Holiday
Halloween
Saturday 31st October 2020
 
Day of Reconciliation
Wednesday 16th December 2020
Public Holiday
Christmas Eve
Thursday 24th December 2020
 
Christmas Day
Friday 25th December 2020
Public Holiday
Day of Goodwill
Saturday 26th December 2020
Public Holiday
New Year's Eve
Thurday 31st December 2020
 

Not just Public Holidays ... but also other celebrated dates

To see dates for all "Commemorative Events" observed by South Africa in 2021 check the South African Government website

New Year's Day
Friday 1st January 2021
Public Holiday
Saint Valentine's Day
Sunday 14th February 2021
 
Saint Patrick's Day
Wednesday 17th March 2021
 
Human Rights Day
Sunday 21st March 2021
Monday 22nd March 2021
 
Public Holiday
Good Friday
Friday 2nd April 2021
Public Holiday
Holy Saturday
Saturday 3rd April 2021
 
Easter Sunday
Sunday 4th April 2021
 
Family Day
Monday 5th April 2021
Public Holiday
Freedom Day
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Public Holiday
Workers' Day
Saturday 1st May 2021
Public Holiday
Mother's Day
Sunday 9th May 2021
 
Youth Day
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Public Holiday
Father's Day
Sunday 20th June 2021
 
Nelson Mandela International Day
Sunday 18th July 2021
 
National Women's Day
Monday 9th August 2021
Public Holiday
Heritage Day
Friday 24th September 2021
Public Holiday
Halloween
Sunday 31st October 2021
 
Day of Reconciliation
Thursday 16th December 2021
Public Holiday
Christmas Eve
Friday 24th December 2021
 
Christmas Day
Saturday 25th December 2021
Public Holiday
Day of Goodwill
Sunday 26th December 2021
Monday 27th December 2021
 
Public Holiday
New Year's Eve
Friday 31st December 2021
 

Not just Public Holidays ... but also other celebrated dates

To see dates for all "Commemorative Events" observed by South Africa in 2022 check the South African Government website

New Year's Day
Saturday 1st January 2022
Public Holiday
Saint Valentine's Day
Monday 14th February 2022
 
Saint Patrick's Day
Thursday 17th March 2022
 
Human Rights Day
Monday 21st March 2022
Public Holiday
Good Friday
Friday 15th April 2022
Public Holiday
Holy Saturday
Saturday 16th April 2022
 
Easter Sunday
Sunday 17th April 2022
 
Family Day
Monday 18th April 2022
Public Holiday
Freedom Day
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Public Holiday
Workers' Day
Sunday 1st May 2022
Monday 2nd May 2022
 
Public Holiday
Mother's Day
Sunday 8th May 2022
 
Youth Day
Thursday 16th June 2022
Public Holiday
Father's Day
Sunday 19th June 2022
 
Nelson Mandela International Day
Monday 18th July 2022
 
National Women's Day
Tuesday 9th August 2022
Public Holiday
Heritage Day
Saturday 24th September 2022
Public Holiday
Halloween
Monday 31st October 2022
 
Day of Reconciliation
Friday 16th December 2022
Public Holiday
Christmas Eve
Saturday 24th December 2022
 
Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2022
Monday 26th December 2022
 
Public Holiday
Day of Goodwill
Monday 26th December 2022
Tuesday 27th December 2022
 
Public Holiday
New Year's Eve
Saturday 31st December 2022
 
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