South Africa Holidays 2013
Below are South Africa holidays in 2013:
- Tuesday 01st – New Year holiday
Celebration of the first day of the year in South Africa is characterized by music, dance, songs and lavish meals. This is a very important public holiday in all regions in South Africa. Fireworks in big cities like Cape Town, Alfred Waterfront and The Victoriav are always witnessed as happy South Africans showcase their joy. New Year parade is also very popular in South Africa as entertainers come dressed in fancy and beautiful festival gowns to celebrate this day.
- Thursday 21st – Human Rights Day
This National Day commemorates the massive loss of lives in South Africa during the struggle for human rights in the country. On a historic day like this in 1960, more than 70 people were gunned down by police at Sharpeville during the period of apartheid rule. During apartheid reign in South Africa, this day was commemorated as the Sharpeville Day.
- Friday 29th – Good Friday
This is a Religious Holiday also known as the Black Friday, Holy Friday or the Great Friday. It is celebrated on the Friday just before Easter Sunday and on this day, crucifixion and eventual death of Christ is commemorated.
- Monday 1st – Family Day
In South Africa, family day is an important public holiday. In South Africa, Family Day has been observed rather than Easter Monday since 1995 and its one of the best time that South Africans opt to spend this quality time with friends and family members.
- Saturday 27th – Freedom Day
In South Africa, Freedom day is annual event to commemorate the first non racial elections that were held in the country in 1994. It is a day of celebrating democracy, unity, peace and human rights preservation and restoration.
- Wednesday 1st – workers’ Day
Worker’s day has been celebrated in South Africa since 1994. It is a celebration of the great role played by various organizations in the country such as the Communist, Trade Unions and many other labor movements that played a role during industrial struggle.
- Monday 17th – Youth Day
This public holiday commemorates the great role played by young south Africans in the fight against apartheid rule, remembers the start of the 1976 Soweto Riots as well as struggle against Bantu Education.
- Friday 09th – National Women’s Day
This day is a commemoration of the 1956 National Womens March against the law where Africans were required to carry identification passes during apartheid period.
- Tuesday 24th – Heritage Day
This public holiday in south Africa is a celebration of the many and varied cultures in South Africa. Its marked through staging a number of events all over the country.
- Monday 16th – Reconciliation Day
This South Africa national day aims at fostering national unity in the country and reconciliations after apartheid rule.
- Wednesday 25th – Christmas Day
This Religious holiday marks the birth of Jesus Christ and its one of the most important South African Holidays.
- Thursday 26th – Day of Goodwill
South Africa Holidays 2013
Considered to be a boiling pot of multiple cultures and several languages, South Africa is a country that can be found on the southern tip of the African continent. It is wedged between its neighboring African countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. South Africa is home to 51 million people, making it the 24th most populous country in the world. There are various cultures, religions and languages in South Africa. In terms of language alone, the South African constitution has recognized 11 different languages. When it comes to their economy, the World Bank has classified South Africa as an upper-middle income economy. In the entire continent of Africa, South Africa has the largest economy. South Africa is famous among tourists, especially those who are looking for natural sceneries and a lot of adventure. Just like anywhere else in the world, South Africa celebrates holidays that are unique to this country alone. Below is a list of the official public holidays that are observed in South Africa and a few bits of information regarding the said holidays.
- January 1, New Year’s Day – Locals in South Africa make sure that their New Year’s Day is filled with fun and excitement especially since it is the brand new start of a new year. Most schools, offices and businesses are closed on New Year’s Day in South Africa. If New Year’s should fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be declared as a national holiday, as stated by the Public Holiday’s Act of South Africa. During New Year’s Eve, people will gather with their families to greet the New Year together. As midnight approaches, loud and extravagant fireworks are released. Many people also enjoy spending the New Year at Table Mountain. The foot of the mountain has a breathtaking view of Cape Town.
- March 21, Human Rights Day – Human Rights Day is a special day in South Africa. It is during this day when everyone pays tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the struggle for a just, equal and humane society. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of March because it was on that day over 50 years ago when the police killed 69 people at an open fire during a peace rally. The tragic incidence is now known as the Sharpeville Massacre.
- March 29, Good Friday – Many people celebrate Good Friday to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his passion and his death. There are numerous Christians in South Africa, and the South African government honors Good Friday as a public holiday. During Good Friday, the South African government will regulate which stores or businesses should be open on that day. According to their law, schools, offices and businesses should be closed on Good Friday, unless stated otherwise by the government. People are not allowed to buy or sell alcohol in South Africa during Good Friday.
- April 1, Easter Monday – After Easter Sunday comes Easter Monday, although the name of this holiday was changed to Family Day in 1955. Because of the extra day in the long weekend, it gives families in South Africa the opportunity to go on trips during the Holy Week. Many locals use Family Day as a day to relax or to reunite with friends and family members.
- May 1, Workers’ Day – Worker’s Day was declared as an official holiday in the year 1994. It is celebrated on the 1st day of May every year since then. Workers in South Africa use this day to form rallies by trade union movements. It is during Worker’s Day when people in South Africa remember the struggle against the apartheid government and the discriminating policies it imposed.
- June 16, Youth Day – Youth Day is somewhat connected to Workers’ Day. During Youth Day, South Africans honor and pay tribute to all the young people who lost their lives trying to resist the Bantu Education and the apartheid government. South Africans also observe Youth Day to remember the Soweto Riots. The Soweto Riots was triggered by the decision of the government to make the Afrikaan language as the primary medium of instruction in schools.
- August 9, National Women’s Day – Every 9th day of August, South Africans celebrate National Women’s Day. This day celebrates the national march and rebellion of women in 1956 against a law that required locals to carry a specific type of document called the ‘pass’.
- September 24, Heritage Day – It is during Heritage Day when locals celebrate the many cultures and ethnicities that gave rise to the people of South Africa today. Locals all across the country are encouraged to honor and practice their cultural ways during this special day. South Africans also remember Shaka, the Zulu King, on Heritage Day. Shaka combined many Zulu clans in the past.
- December 16, Day of Reconciliation – The Day of Reconciliation was declared as a public holiday in the year 1994, when the apartheid reign came to an end. This holiday intends to reunite and reconcile the people of South Africa after the chaos and terror that was caused by the apartheid government.
- December 25, Christmas Day – Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. All schools and most businesses and offices are closed on Christmas Day. While it doesn’t snow in South Africa during the Christmas season, the place is still filled with beautiful and colorful flowers. Traditional dinner parties are held on Christmas Day in South Africa where turkey, suckling pig, plum pudding and yellow rice are popular dishes.
- December 26, Day of Goodwill – Before 1980, the Day of Goodwill was known as Boxing Day, a holiday celebrated by countries under the British rule. However in order to let go of South Africa’s colonial past, they decided to rename Boxing Day into the Day of Goodwill. To celebrate this day, many locals hold sporting events or extend their Christmas celebrations.