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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


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

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Monday August 8, 2022School holidaySchool holidays
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Tuesday August 9, 2022National Womens' DaySecular holiday
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Saturday September 24, 2022Heritage DaySecular holiday
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Monday September 26, 2022Rosh Hashanahcards/flowers
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Friday September 30, 2022Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Tuesday October 11, 2022Third mid-term (end)School holidays
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/Dipabalicards/flowers
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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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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 DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday January 3, 2023Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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Wednesday February 1, 2023Cape Town Cycle TourSports events
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Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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School holiday

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Monday August 8, 2022
School holidays :

National Womens' Day

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Tuesday August 9, 2022
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’

Heritage Day

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Saturday September 24, 2022
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

Rosh Hashanah

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Monday September 26, 2022
cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday

Third mid-term (beginning)

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Friday September 30, 2022
School holidays :

Third mid-term (end)

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Tuesday October 11, 2022
School holidays :

Deepavali/Dipabali

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Monday October 24, 2022
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

End of school year

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Wednesday December 14, 2022
School holidays :

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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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 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

New Year's Day

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Monday January 2, 2023
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

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Tuesday January 3, 2023
School holidays : Https://www.kwathabeng.co.za
Dates are different in coastal states
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official calendar
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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Cape Town Cycle Tour

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Wednesday February 1, 2023
Sports events : Cycling race 2022 edition confirmed

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