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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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Passover**Friday March 30, 2018cards/flowers 
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Good Friday*Friday March 30, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter**Sunday April 1, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Family Day*Monday April 2, 2018Secular holiday 
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general strike announcedWednesday April 25, 2018Secular holiday 
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Freedom Day*Friday April 27, 2018National Day 
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Optional bridge dayMonday April 30, 2018Secular holiday 
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Labour Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Mother's DaySunday May 13, 2018cards/flowers 
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Royal weddingFriday May 18, 2018Special Events 
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Youth Day**Saturday June 16, 2018Secular holiday 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 17, 2018cards/flowers 
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Mandela Day*Wednesday July 18, 2018Special Events 
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National Womens' Day*Thursday August 9, 2018Secular holiday 
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Optional bridge dayFriday August 10, 2018Secular holiday 
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Arbor Day*Saturday September 1, 2018Culture 
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Rosh Hashanah**Monday September 10, 2018cards/flowers 
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Yom KippurTuesday September 18, 2018cards/flowers 
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Heritage Day**Monday September 24, 2018Secular holiday 
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Human Rights Day -
Thursday March 21, 2019

Secular holiday : On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. [http://africanhistory.about.com]


Passover -
Friday March 30, 2018

cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday


Good Friday -
Friday March 30, 2018

Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.


April Fools Day -
Monday April 1, 2019

cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.


Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Family Day -
Monday April 2, 2018

Secular holiday : It was typical in South Africa to take a day off of work after Easter. This day, which is also known as Easter Monday, was renamed as Family Day in 1995. This extra day off for the holiday was meant to give families more quality family time together and to allow them to go on vacations with friends and family.


General strike announced -
Wednesday April 25, 2018

Secular holiday :


Freedom Day -
Friday April 27, 2018

Secular holiday : Commemorates the first post-apartheid elections, where South Africans of all races were freely allowed to determine the future of their newfound democracy. Held in 1994, they saw Nelson Mandela elected as President. 2019 date not confirmed


Optional bridge day -
Monday April 30, 2018

Secular holiday :


Labour Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Mother's Day -
Sunday May 13, 2018

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Royal wedding -
Friday May 18, 2018

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Youth Day -
Saturday June 16, 2018

Secular holiday : In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers. On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday Previously known as Soweto Day.


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 17, 2018

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Mandela Day -
Wednesday July 18, 2018

Special Events : In tribute to former president Nelson Mandela. Madiba was politically active for 67 years and on Mandela Day people are called upon to spend at least 67 minutes doing something useful within their communities. From 2009 onwards.


National Womens' Day -
Thursday August 9, 2018

Secular holiday : Commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participated in a national march 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’


Optional bridge day -
Friday August 10, 2018

Secular holiday :


Arbor Day -
Saturday September 1, 2018

Culture : Lasts one week


Rosh Hashanah -
Monday September 10, 2018

cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday


Yom Kippur -
Tuesday September 18, 2018

cards/flowers :


Heritage Day -
Monday September 24, 2018

Secular holiday : All that the people of South Africa inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday