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third mid-term (end)Wednesday October 5, 2022School holidays 
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general strike announcedFriday October 7, 2022Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Wednesday October 12, 2022Special Events 
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Guy Fawkes Night*Saturday November 5, 2022Events, celebrations... 
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Deepavali/Dipabali**Monday November 14, 2022cards/flowers 
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Hanukkah**Sunday December 11, 2022cards/flowers 
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Day of Reconciliation**Friday December 16, 2022Secular holiday 
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Christmas EveSaturday December 24, 2022Events, celebrations... 
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Christmas Day*Sunday December 25, 2022Catholic or protestant 
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Day of Goodwill*Monday December 26, 2022Secular holiday 
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New Year's Eve*Saturday December 31, 2022Events, celebrations... 
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Third mid-term (end) -
Monday October 5, 2020

School holidays :


General strike announced -
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


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