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.

holidayLocal namedate
New Year's DayNew Year's DayJan, 1st
Human Rights DayHuman Rights DayMar, 21st
Memorial day of Van Riebeeck's arrival 1652Founders DayApr, 6th
Day of FreedomFreedom DayApr, 27th
Labor DayWorkers’ DayMay, 1st
Youth's DayYouth DayJun, 16th
Women's DayNational Women’s DayAug, 9th
Rainbow Nation Culture Day South AfricaHeritage DaySep, 24th
Memorial Day Paul KrugerHeroes' DayOct, 10th
Day of AtonementDay of ReconciliationDec, 16th
Christmas EveChristmas EveDec, 24th
Christmas DayChristmas DayDec, 25th
Boxing DayDay of GoodwillDec, 26th
New Year's EveNew Year's EveDec, 31st

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