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South Africa (Free State) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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South Africa (Free State) : 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 next 3 months



Internet extension: .za - Telephone code: +27 - International dialing code: 09 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
Currency: Rand (ZAR) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday




Name Date Kind
New Year's Day**Saturday January 1, 2022Secular holiday 
beginning of school year**Wednesday January 12, 2022School holidays 
third mid-term (beginning)Friday October 1, 2021School holidays 
third mid-term (end)Monday October 11, 2021School holidays 
Public holiday*Monday November 1, 2021Secular holiday 
optional holiday*Thursday November 4, 2021School holidays 
end of school yearWednesday December 15, 2021School holidays 
Day of Reconciliation**Thursday December 16, 2021Secular holiday 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 
Day of Goodwill*Monday December 27, 2021Secular holiday 

New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022

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 12, 2022

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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

Dates confirmed till Jan 2024

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Third mid-term (beginning) -
Friday October 1, 2021

School holidays :


Third mid-term (end) -
Monday October 11, 2021

School holidays :


Public holiday -
Monday November 1, 2021

Secular holiday : Election day


Optional holiday -
Thursday November 4, 2021

School holidays : Diwali
all school principals and governing bodies apply to the Department of Education for authority to have schools closed for this religious observance.


End of school year -
Wednesday December 15, 2021

School holidays :


Day of Reconciliation -
Thursday December 16, 2021

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 Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

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 -
Monday December 27, 2021

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.