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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)
Internet extension: .za - Telephone code: +27 - International dialing code: 09 - GMT offset: +2 (DST: no)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Thursday June 16, 2022Youth DaySecular holiday
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Friday June 17, 2022School holidaySchool holidays
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Friday June 24, 2022Second mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Tuesday July 19, 2022Second mid-term (end)School holidays
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Monday August 8, 2022School holidaySchool holidays
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Tuesday August 9, 2022National Womens' DaySecular holiday
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Saturday September 24, 2022Heritage DaySecular holiday
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Friday September 30, 2022Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Tuesday October 11, 2022Third mid-term (end)School holidays
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Monday October 24, 2022Optional holidaySchool holidays
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Wednesday December 14, 2022End of school yearSchool holidays
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Friday December 16, 2022Day of ReconciliationSecular holiday
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Day of GoodwillSecular holiday
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Youth Day

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Thursday June 16, 2022
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.

School holiday

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Friday June 17, 2022
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Second mid-term (beginning)

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Friday June 24, 2022
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Second mid-term (end)

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Tuesday July 19, 2022
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School holiday

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Monday August 8, 2022
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National Womens' Day

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Tuesday August 9, 2022
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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Saturday September 24, 2022
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 30, 2022
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Third mid-term (end)

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Tuesday October 11, 2022
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Optional holiday

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Monday October 24, 2022
School holidays : Diwali
all school principals and governing bodies apply to the Department of Education for authority to have schools closed for this religious observance.

End of school year

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Wednesday December 14, 2022
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Day of Reconciliation

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Friday December 16, 2022
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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Sunday December 25, 2022
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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Monday December 26, 2022
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.