- Public holidays in South Africa
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A list of holidays in South Africa:
Date English Name 1 January New Year's Day 21 March Human Rights Day The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday The Monday following Easter Sunday Family Day 27 April Freedom Day 1 May Workers' Day 16 June Youth Day 9 August National Women's Day 24 September Heritage Day 16 December Day of Reconciliation 25 December Christmas Day 26 December Day of Goodwill
Since 1994 election days have been declared ad hoc public holidays.
31 December, 1999 and 2 January, 2000 were declared public holidays to accommodate the Y2K changeover, and 3 January, 2000 was automatically a public holiday because the previous holiday was a Sunday.
Historical public holidays
Life in South Africa
South Africa's present calendar of public holidays was introduced in 1994. During the period between Union in 1910, and the establishment of the present republic in 1994, the following were the official public holidays:
Date English Name 1 January New Year's Day (1910-present) The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday (1910-present) The Monday following Easter Sunday Easter Monday (1910-1979), Family Day (1980-present) 6 April Van Riebeeck's Day (1952-1974), Founder's Day (1980-1994) 1st Friday in May Workers' Day (1987-1989) 1 May Workers' Day (1990-present) 40th day after Easter Ascension Day (1910-1993) 24 May Empire Day (1910-1951) 31 May Union Day (1910-1960), Republic Day (1961-1993) 2nd Monday in July Queen's Birthday (1952-1960) 10 July Family Day (1961-1974) 1st Monday in August King's Birthday (1910-1951) 1st Monday in September Settlers' Day (1952-1979) 10 October Kruger Day (1952-1993) 16 December Dingaan's Day (1910-1951), Day of the Covenant (1952-1979), Day of the Vow (1979-1993), Day of Reconciliation (1994-present) 25 December Christmas Day (1910-present) 26 December Boxing Day (1910-1979), Day of Goodwill (1980-present)
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- ^ http://www.info.gov.za/acts/1994/a36-94.pdf
- ^ "Media release on public holidays". Government Communications (GCIS). 1999-10-25. http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/1999/991028409p1002.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- ^ "T Mbeki declares 2 May 2008 public holiday". Government Communications (GCIS). 2008-03-25. http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2008/08032517421001.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
Public holidays in Africa Sovereign
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Republic of the Congo
- Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
States with limited
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- Canary Islands / Ceuta / Melilla / Plazas de soberanía (Spain)
- Madeira (Portugal)
- Mayotte / Réunion (France)
- Saint Helena / Ascension Island / Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom)
- Western Sahara
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