Public Holidays in South Africa

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Nationwide Events in South Africa and South Africa's Public Holidays - South Africans love public holidays; we celebrate our constitution, landmarks in our political history and even a few cultural pastimes (like National Braai Day ... yes, we take a whole day off work to celebrate our braai / BBQ culture). See the list below of the public holidays in South Africa as well as nationwide events, which could affect your travel plans. Most tourist attractions, banks and other government services are closed on public holidays, but most grocery stores and shops do open (though some for limited hours).

We also suggest you check our regional events sections to see if any festivals or events are taking place at destinations you are intending to visit, as large festivals may hamper your travel plans (roads may be closed, etc) or improve them (why not join the festivities, rather than sitting in traffic?).

National Women's Day

Where? South Africa
When? 09 August 2017

This day commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participating in a national march petitioned against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to ...

Heritage Day

Where? South Africa
When? 24 September 2017

Heritage Day is one of South Africa's newly created public holidays and its significance rests in recognising aspects of South African culture which are both ...

National Braai Day

Where? South Africa
When? 24 September 2017

From small towns to big cities millions of South Africans are preparing to braai for their country on Braai Day which is held annually on 24 September ...

Public Holiday

Where? South Africa
When? 25 September 2017

The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) specifies that whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following shall be a public ...

Day of Reconciliation

Where? South Africa
When? 16 December 2017

During the earlier part of the 19th century, many Afrikaner farmers left the eastern cape and moved inland. Among them was the Voortrekkers, a group of ...

Christmas Day

Where? South Africa
When? 25 December 2017

Christmas Day is celebrated in South Africa as in most countries around the globe. Many South African families uphold European traditions, even though we ...

Day of Goodwill

Where? South Africa
When? 26 December 2017

In South Africa, the day after Christmas Day, 26 December, every year is designated the Day of Goodwill. It is set aside so that South Africans may continue ...

New Year's Day

Where? South Africa
When? 01 January 2018

South Africans love a good ‘jol’ (the informal Afrikaans term for a party), and New Year’s Day invariably presents the perfect opportunity to let loose and ...

Human Rights Day

Where? South Africa
When? 21 March 2018

The Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution is the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. The Constitution further provides for the establishment of ...

Good Friday

Where? South Africa
When? 30 March 2018

Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday). Good Friday, also called Holy Friday or Great Friday, is the Friday preceding Easter Sunday ('Pascha'). It ...

Family Day

Where? South Africa
When? 02 April 2018

Family Day (Monday after Easter Sunday). In South Africa, Easter Monday was renamed Family Day in 1995. Family Day follows on the Monday after Good Friday ...

Freedom Day

Where? South Africa
When? 27 April 2018

Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national ...

Workers Day

Where? South Africa
When? 01 May 2018

'Working together to create jobs and fight poverty' The African National Congress salutes the workers of South Africa on the occasion of Workers' Day on 1 ...

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