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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 next 3 months

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  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Wednesday December 14, 2022End of school yearSchool holidays
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    Friday December 16, 2022Day of ReconciliationSecular holiday
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    Saturday December 24, 2022Christmas EveEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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    Monday December 26, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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    Saturday December 31, 2022New Year's EveEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Wednesday January 11, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Sunday March 12, 2023Cape Town Cycle TourSports events
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023Human Rights DaySecular holiday
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    Friday March 24, 2023First mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday March 31, 2023First mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Family DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023Passovercards/flowers
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023First mid-term (end)School holidays
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    Thursday April 27, 2023Freedom DayNational Day
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mother's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday June 16, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday June 23, 2023Second mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    End of school year

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    Wednesday December 14, 2022
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    Day of Reconciliation

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    Friday December 16, 2022
    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

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    Saturday December 24, 2022
    Culture :

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    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

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    Monday December 26, 2022
    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.

    Christmas Day (forwarded to Monday)

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    Public holiday

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    Tuesday December 27, 2022
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    New Year's Eve

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    Saturday December 31, 2022
    Culture : Szilveszter

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Beginning of school year

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    Wednesday January 11, 2023
    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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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Cape Town Cycle Tour

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    Sunday March 12, 2023
    Sports events : Cycling race 2023 edition confirmed

    Human Rights Day

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    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]

    First mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday March 24, 2023
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    First mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    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.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    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.

    Family Day

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    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.

    Passover

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
    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

    First mid-term (end)

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
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    Freedom Day

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    Thursday April 27, 2023
    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.

    Labour Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    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

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
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    Youth Day

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    Friday June 16, 2023
    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

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
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    Second mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday June 23, 2023
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