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Public Holidays

Public holidays in South Africa 2021-2025

South Africa is traditionally a country with many ethnic groups and religions. A clear influence of the Christian church on the holiday calendar cannot be denied to South Africans. This influence remains within quite narrow limits. More important here are the historical commemoration days of the country's history. Overall, South Africa is considered a country with a particularly high number of work-free days.

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a work-free day. Therefore, Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday, for example, are not public holidays.


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Non-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

dateholidayLocal name
Jan, 1stNew Year's DayNew Year's Day
Mar, 21stHuman Rights DayHuman Rights Day
Apr, 6thMemorial day of Van Riebeeck's arrival 1652Founders Day
Apr, 27thDay of FreedomFreedom Day
May, 1stLabor DayWorkers’ Day
Jun, 16thYouth's DayYouth Day
Aug, 9thWomen's DayNational Women’s Day
Sep, 24thRainbow Nation Culture Day South AfricaHeritage Day
Oct, 10thMemorial Day Paul KrugerHeroes' Day
Dec, 16thDay of AtonementDay of Reconciliation
Dec, 24thChristmas EveChristmas Eve
Dec, 25thChristmas DayChristmas Day
Dec, 26thBoxing DayDay of Goodwill
Dec, 31stNew Year's EveNew Year's Eve



Moving Holidays in South Africa

holidayLocal name20212022202320242025
Good FridayGood FridayApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29thApr, 18th
Easter SundayEaster SundayApr, 4thApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31stApr, 20th
Easter MondayFamily DayApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1stApr, 21st
Mother's DayMother's DayMay, 9thMay, 8thMay, 14thMay, 12thMay, 11th
Ascension of ChristAscension DayMay, 13thMay, 26thMay, 18thMay, 9thMay, 29th
Whit SundayPentecostMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19thJun, 8th

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