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South Africa : 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


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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Monday May 2, 2022Labour DaySecular holiday
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Sunday May 8, 2022Mother's Daycards/flowers
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Thursday June 16, 2022Youth DaySecular holiday
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Friday June 17, 2022School holidaySchool holidays
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Sunday June 19, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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Friday June 24, 2022Second mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Monday July 18, 2022Mandela DaySpecial Events
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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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Thursday September 1, 2022Arbor DayEvents, celebrations...
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Saturday September 24, 2022Heritage DaySecular holiday
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Monday September 26, 2022Rosh Hashanahcards/flowers
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Friday September 30, 2022Third mid-term (beginning)School holidays
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Wednesday October 5, 2022Yom Kippurcards/flowers
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Monday October 10, 2022Parliament recess (end)Special Events
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Tuesday October 11, 2022Third mid-term (end)School holidays
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/Dipabalicards/flowers
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Saturday November 5, 2022Guy Fawkes NightEvents, celebrations...
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Labour Day

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Monday May 2, 2022
Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

Mother's Day

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Sunday May 8, 2022
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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
School holidays :

Fathers' Day

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Sunday June 19, 2022
cards/flowers :

Second mid-term (beginning)

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Friday June 24, 2022
School holidays :

Mandela Day

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Monday July 18, 2022
Special Events : In tribute to former president Nelson Mandela. Madiba was politically active for 67 years and on Mandela Day people are called upon to spend at least 67 minutes doing something useful within their communities. From 2009 onwards.

Second mid-term (end)

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Tuesday July 19, 2022
School holidays :

School holiday

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Monday August 8, 2022
School holidays :

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’

Arbor Day

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Thursday September 1, 2022
Culture : Lasts one week

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

Rosh Hashanah

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Monday September 26, 2022
cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday

Third mid-term (beginning)

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Friday September 30, 2022
School holidays :

Yom Kippur

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Wednesday October 5, 2022
cards/flowers :

Parliament recess (end)

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Monday October 10, 2022
Special Events :

Third mid-term (end)

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Tuesday October 11, 2022
School holidays :

Deepavali/Dipabali

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Monday October 24, 2022
cards/flowers : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days. NOT a public holiday

Guy Fawkes Night

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Saturday November 5, 2022
Culture : Also known as Bonfire Night, Cracker Night, Fireworks Night, Bommy Night: celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November, 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, were alleged to be attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.