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South Africa - bank and public holidays of the world - 1970-2070

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Full calendar of public and bank holidays of the world (and banks closures), from 1970 until 2070 for South Africa



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Name Date Kind
Arbor Day*Sunday September 1, 2019Events, celebrations... 
Rosh Hashanah**Saturday September 7, 2019cards/flowers 
Yom KippurMonday September 16, 2019cards/flowers 
Heritage Day**Tuesday September 24, 2019Secular holiday 
third mid-term (beginning)Tuesday October 1, 2019School holidays 
Parliament recess (end)Friday October 11, 2019Special Events 
third mid-term (end)Friday October 11, 2019School holidays 
Deepavali/Dipabali**Monday November 4, 2019cards/flowers 
Guy Fawkes Night*Tuesday November 5, 2019Events, celebrations... 
Hanukkah**Tuesday December 3, 2019cards/flowers 
end of school yearSunday December 15, 2019School holidays 
Day of Reconciliation**Monday December 16, 2019Secular holiday 
Christmas EveTuesday December 24, 2019Events, celebrations... 
Christmas Day*Wednesday December 25, 2019Catholic or protestant 
Day of Goodwill*Friday December 27, 2019Secular holiday 
New Year's Eve*Tuesday December 31, 2019Events, celebrations... 

Arbor Day -
Thursday September 1, 2022

Culture : Lasts one week


Rosh Hashanah -
Tuesday September 7, 2021

cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday


Yom Kippur -
Thursday September 16, 2021

cards/flowers :


Heritage Day -
Friday September 24, 2021

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


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

School holidays :


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday October 11, 2021

Special Events :


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

School holidays :


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Thursday November 4, 2021

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


Guy Fawkes Night -
Friday November 5, 2021

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.


Hanukkah -
Friday December 3, 2021

cards/flowers : Commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt (2nd century BC) NOT a public holiday


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 Eve -
Friday December 24, 2021

Culture :


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.


New Year's Eve -
Friday December 31, 2021

Culture : Szilveszter