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Heritage Day

24 September: Heritage Day

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

History of Heritage Day

South Africa is known worldwide as the Rainbow Nation, and for a good reason, all the colours, cultures, creeds and religious faiths known to man, exist in this beautifully rich country. The South African National Heritage Day is one of the most epically beautiful days in the country, the time when every South African brings out their own piece of where they originate from.

The African cultures in South Africa span from Xhosa, Zulu which come from the larger Nguni group as well as Ndebele and Swazi, there is also Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga and Venda. The other cultures come from all over the world, a large portion of South Africa is also Afrikaans and have chosen culturally to name Heritage Day National Braai Day, as braaing is a national cutural practice of the Afrikaaner people.

South Africa is also sometimes named the pavement special country to the rest of the worlds cultures as we really are home to almost every culture known to man. The national heritage day is a perfectly exquisitely colourfully rich sight to prove that South Africa truly lives up to its name as the Rainbow Nation. So if youre in the country on national heritage day make sure to let your culture come out to play and join in the worldwide cultural ambience of South African awesomeness.

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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