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South Africa (Eastern Cape) : 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)
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  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Friday june 16, 2023Youth DaySecular holiday
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    Friday june 23, 2023Second mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday july 18, 2023Second mid-term (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday july 19, 2023Second mid-term (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday august 9, 2023National Womens' DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday september 24, 2023Heritage DaySecular holiday
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    Monday september 25, 2023Heritage DaySecular holiday
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    Friday september 29, 2023Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday october 10, 2023Third mid-term (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 13, 2023End of school yearSchool holidays
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    Saturday december 16, 2023Day of ReconciliationSecular holiday
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    Monday december 25, 2023Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday december 26, 2023Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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    Youth Day

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    Friday june 16, 2023
    Secular holiday : In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers. On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday Previously known as Soweto Day.

    Second mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday june 23, 2023
    School holidays :

    Second mid-term (end)

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    Tuesday july 18, 2023
    School holidays :

    Second mid-term (end)

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    Wednesday july 19, 2023
    School holidays :

    National Womens' Day

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    Wednesday august 9, 2023
    Secular holiday : Commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participated in a national march to petition against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’

    Heritage Day

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    Sunday september 24, 2023
    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

    Heritage Day

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    Monday september 25, 2023
    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

    Third mid-term (beginning)

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    Friday september 29, 2023
    School holidays :

    Third mid-term (end)

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    Tuesday october 10, 2023
    School holidays :

    End of school year

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    Wednesday december 13, 2023
    School holidays :

    Day of Reconciliation

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    Saturday december 16, 2023
    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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    Monday december 25, 2023
    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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    Tuesday december 26, 2023
    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.