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Public Holidays in South Africa 2024: Dates|Traditions|Celebrations

Public holidays play a significant role in every country’s culture and calendar. In South Africa, these special days hold cultural, historical, and social significance, bringing communities together to celebrate, commemorate, and reflect. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the diverse public holidays in South Africa, shedding light on their dates, traditions, and vibrant celebrations that mark each occasion.

There are 10 Public holidays In South Africa, as determined by the Public Holidays Act (Act No. 36 of 1994). The Act determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it shall be a public holiday.

New Year’s Day – January 1st

Human Rights Day: March 21st

Good Friday – Date varies (Christian holiday)

Family Day – Date varies (Christian holiday)

Freedom Day – April 27th

Worker’s Day (May Day) – May 1st

Youth Day – June 16th

National Women’s Day – August 9th

Heritage Day – September 24th

Day of Reconciliation – December 16th

Christmas Day – December 25th

Day of Goodwill (Boxing Day) – December 26th

The dates on which Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall are determined according to the ecclesiastical moon. That varies each year, but they fall at some point between late March and late April.

2024 Public Holidays in South Africa

1 JanMonNew Year’s Day
2 JanTueNew Year’s Holiday
21 MarThuHuman Rights Day
29 MarFriGood Friday
1 AprMonFamily Day
27 AprSatFreedom Day
1 MayWedWorkers’ Day
16 JunSunYouth Day
9 AugFriNational Women’s Day
24 SepTueHeritage Day
25 SepWedHeritage Day Holiday
16 DecSatDay of Reconciliation
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecTueDay of Goodwill

2024 Public holidays In SA

There are a total of 12 public holidays in South Africa in 2024, two more than the usual 10 due to specific calendar alignments. Here’s the complete list:

1 January: New Year’s Day

21 March: Human Rights Day

29 March: Good Friday

1 April: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

1 May: Workers’ Day

16 June: Youth Day

17 June: Public holiday in lieu of Youth Day (since June 16 falls on a Sunday)

9 August: National Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day


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