South Africa has a total of 38 holidays in 2019. In the table below, you will find the details of the holidays and when they are observed. All the information display below is also available via our API as well as downaloadble as a csv or json file. Signup here to get started.

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Holiday Weekday Date Type
New Year's Day
New Year’s Day is celebrated with a blend of both diversity and tradition in countries such as South Africa on January 1 each year.
Tuesday January 1 National holiday
Maha Shivaratri
Monday March 4 Hinduism
March Equinox
Wednesday March 20 Season
Holi
Thursday March 21 Hinduism
Human Rights Day
Thursday March 21 National holiday
Isra and Mi'raj
Isra and Mi'raj (Isra Me'raj, Israa and Mi'raaj, Laylat Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj, Lailat al Miraj, Night Journey and Ascension to Heaven) marks the night that the Prophet Mohammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, ascended to heaven and returned.
Wednesday April 3 Muslim
Good Friday
Good Friday is a global Christian observance two days before Easter Sunday.
Friday April 19 National holiday
Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday.
Saturday April 20 Observance
Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection, according to Christian belief.
Sunday April 21 Observance
Family Day
Monday April 22 National holiday
Freedom Day
Saturday April 27 National holiday
Workers' Day
May Day, or Labor Day, is a day off for workers in many countries around the world.
Wednesday May 1 National holiday
Election Day
Wednesday May 8 National holiday
Mother's Day
Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures.
Sunday May 12 Observance
Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)
Laylat al-Qadr commmemorates the time when Mohammad received the first verses of the Koran (Qu'ran).
Friday May 31 Muslim
Eid ul Fitr
Eid-al-Fitr is a holiday to mark the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the hours of daylight.
Wednesday June 5 Muslim
Father's Day
Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting on different dates worldwide.
Sunday June 16 Observance
Youth Day
Sunday June 16 National holiday
Youth Day observed
Monday June 17 National holiday
June Solstice
Friday June 21 Season
Nelson Mandela Day
Thursday July 18 Observance
National Women's Day
Friday August 9 National holiday
Eid ul Adha
Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is an Islamic festival falling on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son.
Monday August 12 Muslim
Raksha Bandhan
Thursday August 15 Hinduism
Janmashtami
Friday August 23 Hinduism
Muharram/Islamic New Year
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance or mourning.
Sunday September 1 Muslim
Ganesh Chaturthi
Monday September 2 Hinduism
September Equinox
Monday September 23 Season
Heritage Day
Tuesday September 24 National holiday
Navaratri
Sunday September 29 Hinduism
Dussehra
Monday October 7 Hinduism
Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)
Mawlid, or Milad, marks the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammed, or Mohamed, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar.
Sunday November 10 Muslim
Day of Reconciliation
Monday December 16 National holiday
December Solstice
Sunday December 22 Season
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and falls on December 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
Tuesday December 24 Observance
Christmas Day
Christmas Day is one of the biggest Christian celebrations and falls on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar.
Wednesday December 25 National holiday
Day of Goodwill
Thursday December 26 National holiday
New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, December 31, in the Gregorian calendar.
Tuesday December 31 Observance