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South Africa : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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South Africa : 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 current 2 months






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New Year's Day**Monday January 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Hanukkah**Friday December 8, 2017cards/flowers 
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Day of Reconciliation**Saturday December 16, 2017Secular holiday 
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Christmas EveSunday December 24, 2017Culture 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Day of Goodwill*Tuesday December 26, 2017Secular holiday 
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New Year's Eve*Sunday December 31, 2017Culture 
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New Year's Day -
Monday January 1, 2018

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


Hanukkah -
Friday December 8, 2017

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


Day of Reconciliation -
Saturday December 16, 2017

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 -
Sunday December 24, 2017

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Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017

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 -
Tuesday December 26, 2017

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 -
Sunday December 31, 2017

Culture : Szilveszter