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Good Friday

10 April: Good Friday

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

Good Friday a Christian Holiday

A Christian Holiday called Good Friday which reminisces on the awful bloody crucifixion of the Christian Messiah, Jesus Christ, or Jesus of Nazareth. The crucifixion took place in Judea in what is thought to be between the years of 30 and 33 AD.

There is much speculation around the actual occurrences of the crucifixion and whether it took place at all, however within the Christian faith it venerates the day that all sins were forgiven by Jesus Christ hanging on the cross for all followers to be cleansed and forgiven forever.
The crucifixion

The crucifixion is outlined in the canonical gospels and all four equally attest to the fact that it was indeed the roman Pontius Pilate who tried and executed Jesus Christ.

They also all four agreeably inscribe that Jesus of Nazareth was taken to a place of skulls, and crucified alongside two thieves, his charge was that he called himself, the King of the Jews.

It is interesting to note that in the Gospel of Luke and that of John, it is written that Pontius Pilate who served under the roman emperor Tiberius found absolutely no fault in Jesus of Nazareth.

There are countless followings of the Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings have a core instillation of unconditional love and acceptance, it is widely agreed that if a true following of the way that he walked was adopted.

The world would have an innate peace which would not be able to be broken, but as the Christians believe he died on the cross on Good Friday for the very reason that humans have sinful natures and cannot be expected to adopt an unconditional way of life.
Five facts about Good Friday :

1. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

2. The day before Good Friday is known as Maundy Thursday. The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum (commandment).

3. The Christian scholar Bede (673-735 AD, aka, the Venerable Bede) claimed in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre, a pagan goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe.

4. In Medieval Europe, Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent.

5. Almost all scholars agree that Jesus was crucified in the spring of either A.D. 30 or A.D. 33.

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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