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Public Holidays in South Africa 2023| : 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.

2023 Public Holidays in South Africa

1 JanSunNew Year’s Day
2 JanMonNew Year’s Holiday
21 MarTueHuman Rights Day
7 AprFriGood Friday
10 AprMonFamily Day
27 AprThuFreedom Day
1 MayMonWorkers’ Day
16 JunFriYouth Day
9 AugWedNational Women’s Day
24 SepSunHeritage Day
25 SepMonHeritage Day Holiday
16 DecSatDay of Reconciliation
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueDay of Goodwill

2024 Public holidays In SA

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 Youth Day observed **

9 August: National Women’s Day

24 September: Heritage Day

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Day of Goodwill


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