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New Year's Day**Friday January 1, 2021Secular holiday 
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beginning of school year**Wednesday January 27, 2021School holidays 
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third mid-term (end)Monday October 5, 2020School holidays 
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general strikeWednesday October 7, 2020Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday October 12, 2020Special Events 
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Guy Fawkes Night*Thursday November 5, 2020Culture 
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Deepavali/Dipabali**Saturday November 14, 2020cards/flowers 
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Hanukkah**Friday December 11, 2020cards/flowers 
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end of school yearTuesday December 15, 2020School holidays 
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Day of Reconciliation**Wednesday December 16, 2020Secular holiday 
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Christmas EveThursday December 24, 2020Culture 
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Christmas Day*Friday December 25, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Day of Goodwill*Saturday December 26, 2020Secular holiday 
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New Year's Eve*Thursday December 31, 2020Culture 
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New Year's Day -
Friday January 1, 2021

Secular holiday : The world's most widely celbrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Beginning of school year -
Wednesday January 27, 2021

School holidays : Https://www.kwathabeng.co.za
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35% of black Africans, 32% of coloureds, 61% of Indians/Asians and 76% of white citizens have completed high school
number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 200 days
Teaching languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
schools may remain open on Saturday
school uniforms required
University of Cape Town ranking: Times Higher Education #148/QS ranking #191/Shanghai #201-300
University of the Witwatersrand ranking: Times Higher Education #182/QS ranking #364/Shanghai #201-300
University of KwaZulu-Natal ranking: Times Higher Education #501-600/QS ranking #751-450/Shanghai #401-500
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Third mid-term (end) -
Monday October 5, 2020

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General strike -
Wednesday October 7, 2020

Secular holiday :


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday October 12, 2020

Special Events :


Guy Fawkes Night -
Thursday November 5, 2020

Culture : Also known as Bonfire Night, Cracker Night, Fireworks Night, Bommy Night: celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November, 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, were alleged to be attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Saturday November 14, 2020

cards/flowers : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days. NOT a public holiday


Hanukkah -
Friday December 11, 2020

cards/flowers : Commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BC) NOT a public holiday


End of school year -
Tuesday December 15, 2020

School holidays :


Day of Reconciliation -
Wednesday December 16, 2020

Secular holiday : Started in 1994 (at the end of apartheid), to foster national unity between South African communities. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Christmas Eve -
Thursday December 24, 2020

Culture :


Christmas Day -
Friday December 25, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.


Day of Goodwill -
Saturday December 26, 2020

Secular holiday : Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 to split from South Africa's colonial past, and to include all South Africans.


New Year's Eve -
Thursday December 31, 2020

Culture : Szilveszter