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South Africa (Free State) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Rand (ZAR)
  • Internet extension: .za - Telephone code: +27 - International dialing code: 09 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)

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  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Friday september 20, 2024Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday september 24, 2024Heritage DaySecular holiday
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    Monday december 16, 2024Day of ReconciliationSecular holiday
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday december 26, 2024Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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    Wednesday january 1, 2025New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday january 15, 2025Beginning of school yearSchool holidays
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    Third mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday september 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Heritage Day

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    Tuesday september 24, 2024
    Secular holiday : All that the people of South Africa inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Day of Reconciliation

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    Monday december 16, 2024
    Secular holiday : Started in 1994 (at the end of apartheid), to foster national unity between South African communities. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Day of Goodwill

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    Thursday december 26, 2024
    Secular holiday : Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 to split from South Africa's colonial past, and to include all South Africans.

    New Year's Day

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    Wednesday january 1, 2025
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Beginning of school year

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    Wednesday january 15, 2025
    School holidays : Https://www.kwathabeng.co.za
    Dates are different in coastal states until 2024
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    35% of black Africans, 32% of coloureds, 61% of Indians/Asians and 76% of white citizens have completed high school
    number of instructional days per year in lower secondary education: 200 days
    Teaching languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
    schools may remain open on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    University of Cape Town ranking: Times Higher Education #148/QS ranking #191/Shanghai #201-300
    University of the Witwatersrand ranking: Times Higher Education #182/QS ranking #364/Shanghai #201-300
    University of KwaZulu-Natal ranking: Times Higher Education #501-600/QS ranking #751-450/Shanghai #401-500

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