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Family Day

13 April: Family Day

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

History of Family Day

It was usually a customary act that employees would take off what was known as Easter Monday as well, to lengthen their easter weekend getaway with family and loved ones.

In 2005 the day was made an official public holiday and renamed to Family day, which if one looks at what the day was largely used for, it makes perfect sense.

The day therefore is a day to spend solely with the family, with the people you love and take part in awesome activities that are enjoyable for the entire family.

The public holiday sees many people returning from family holidays and long weekends and sadly becomes quite chaotic. South Africa’s traffic department and Government spends millions each year on advertising during this period against driving

South Africa’s traffic department and Government spends millions each year on advertising during this period against driving to fast, urging drivers to rest and not take risks on the long journeys, but the death toll on the roads over the easter weekends are still high, although the numbers have decreased over the years.

Many South Africans have also adopted the thought of remaining at home during this period due to the insane rush that occurs right across the country during the Easter weekend which now includes Family day. If you are one of the families going on holiday during this time always remember to buckle up, keep hydrated and never exceed the speed limit, speed

If you are one of the families going on holiday during this time always remember to buckle up, keep hydrated and never exceed the speed limit, speed kills, and so does driving inebriated.

2020 Public Holidays in South Africa

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21 March: Human Rights Day

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10 April: Good Friday

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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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