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21 March: Human Rights Day

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

The history of the Humans Right Day

The origin of the public holiday of Human Rights Day lies in the brutal many-taled massacre of Sharpeville which took place in 1960. It is a day to remember those who passed away on this day in a vicious bloody onslaught which took place after a peaceful protest became violent, as well as being a day to remember that humanity has certain human rights which cannot and should not be taken away or violated ever.

The protest included women,men and children, 5000 strong, marching on the Sharpeville police station to show their disgruntledness against the unfair ‘pass laws’ which were enforced on people of colour during the Apartheid regime. The poor manned police station was not ready for the march of that day and according to police reports were indeed only manned by trainees, this being the main cause for the unforeseen vicious aftermath which ended in the death of 69 individuals, 31 women, and 19 children. It is said that the police trainees only fired live ammunition after attempting every other avenue including using battons and making arrests, which were all to no avail.

The amount of tales that resulted from the day cannot be deduced to a single concrete account of what truly took place on this fateful day, however Human Rights Day which was instilled by former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is there to reinstill so many messages, including the most important which is when taking away humans basic rights and treating them like animals, nothing positive can result.

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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