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Christmas Day

25 December: Christmas Day

Public holidays in South Africa.
South Africa has 12 public holidays

Celebrating Christmas Day

Christmas day, or known as Christ’s Mass, is the Christian holiday celebrating the actual birth of the Jesus of Nazareth who is the Messiah of the Christians.

It is also a day of giving and receiving presents, christmas trees and fabulous Christmas lunches which include either traditional home made meals of turkey, baked potatoes, pumpkin and other flavourful side dishes, or eating out with the whole family.

Christmas Day sees the whole of South Africa mostly spending time with family, whether they are Christian or not. Most shops and malls are closed on this day and it is very seldom that there are people who work on this day.

The few restaurants that stay open are usually packed up to maximum capacity and booking your seat for christmas day is absolutely essential because there is not a place to be found with an empty seat on this day.

Churches all have services on Christmas Day, these services usually take place in the early mornings or in the evenings to accommodate the fact that the rest of the day is spent with the family.

The lesser known fact about the Christian holiday of Christmas is that it was originally a world wide Pagan practiced festival called Yule. It venerated the return of the sun, where the Great Horned hunter god the father is slain by his son, and he son then rules.

The dates of Southern and Northern Hemisphere differ for obvious reasons for Yule, however the Christian adaptation was kept on the 25th worldwide.

A Christmas Poem :
Today, December 23rd, another Christmas nears.
I try to keep tradition up while holding back my tears.I know I have been blessed for all the many years
of love and joy and family and times we had to share.

The presents wrapped, the tree is lit, the wreath upon the door,
but pondering all the Christmases past and tears begin to fall.

This Christmas will be different,
for some very special loved ones have received God’s final call.

Then I dry my tears and say a special prayer.
Dear God, my gift to you is that soul I loved so dear.

I thank you for their life and love
I was so blessed to share.

Now all that I can ask of you is to keep them in your care!
I also want to offer you my each and every tear.

Now I promise to make Christmas joy for those I still have here
and put a smile upon their face while we have time to share.

2020 Public Holidays in South Africa

1 January: New Year’s Day

New Year's Day, also simply called New Year, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

21 March: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with 21 March 1960, and the events of Sharpeville. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded

10 April: Good Friday

Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death, which is told in the Christian Bible.

13 April: Family Day

Family Day was first celebrated as Easter Monday in 1910. Family Day was renamed as such in 1994 in order to include all religions, as the holiday was originally more Christian. It is celebrated annually on the Monday following Easter.

27 April: Freedom Day

Freedom Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994.

1 May: Workers Day

Labour Day, or International Workers Day, is an International public holiday in many countries, most often celebrated on 1 May.

16 June: Youth Day

Youth Day commemorates the Soweto Uprising, which took place on 16 June 1976, where thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime.

9 August: National Women’s Day

National Women's Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria

24 September: Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa held annually on 16 December. The holiday came into effect in 1995 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity for the country.

25 December: Christmas Day

Christmas Day (or Feast of the Nativity) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25[a] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

26 December: Day of Goodwill

Day of Goodwill is observed on the day after Christmas, 26 December. It is also known as Boxing Day. It is said that this public holiday is one of the many changes that were implemented after the South African government did away with apartheid in 1994.

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