South Africa has a total of 41 holidays in 2020. 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 downloadable as a csv. Signup here to get started.

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Holiday Date Details
New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 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.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar
Saturday, January 4, 2020 Tweede Nuwe Jaar is a observance in South Africa
Maha Shivaratri
Friday, February 21, 2020 Maha Shivratri is an annual festival dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction. For devotees, is a day of reflection and meditation.
Armed Forces Day
Friday, February 21, 2020 Armed Forces Day is a observance in South Africa
Monday, March 9, 2020 Holi is a spring festival of colors celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and others. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the upcoming season of spring. The festival can last up to sixteen days.
March Equinox
Friday, March 20, 2020 March Equinox in South Africa (Johannesburg)
Human Rights Day
Saturday, March 21, 2020 Human Rights Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Isra and Mi'raj
Sunday, March 22, 2020 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.
Good Friday
Friday, April 10, 2020 Good Friday is a global Christian observance two days before Easter Sunday.
Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 11, 2020 Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection, according to Christian belief.
Family Day
Monday, April 13, 2020 Family Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Ramadan Start
Friday, April 24, 2020 Ramadan is a period of prayer, reflection and fasting for many Muslims worldwide. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar.
Freedom Day
Monday, April 27, 2020 Freedom Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Workers' Day
Friday, May 1, 2020 Labor Day, International Workers' Day, and May Day, is a day off for workers in many countries around the world.
Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Mother’s Day celebrates the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures.
Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Laylat al-Qadr commmemorates the time when Mohammad received the first verses of the Koran (Qu'ran).
Eid ul Fitr
Monday, May 25, 2020 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.
Youth Day
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa
June Solstice
Saturday, June 20, 2020 June Solstice in South Africa (Johannesburg)
Father's Day
Sunday, June 21, 2020 Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting on different dates worldwide.
Nelson Mandela Day
Saturday, July 18, 2020 Nelson Mandela Day is a observance in South Africa
Eid al-Adha
Saturday, August 1, 2020 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.
Raksha Bandhan
Monday, August 3, 2020 Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravana (Shravan Poornima). The day is also sometimes referred to as Brother and Sister Day because it honors the relationship between brother and sister.
National Women's Day
Sunday, August 9, 2020 National Women's Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Day off for National Women's Day
Monday, August 10, 2020 National Women's Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrava (Bhadrapada), which is usually in August or September.
Muharram/Islamic New Year
Friday, August 21, 2020 Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance or mourning.
Ganesh Chaturthi
Saturday, August 22, 2020 Ganesh Chaturthi is the great Ganesha festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha during the Hindu Month of Bhadra, which usually falls between mid-August and mid-September. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and can last up to 10 days.
September Equinox
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 September Equinox in South Africa (Johannesburg)
Heritage Day
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa
Saturday, October 17, 2020 Navaratri is a Hindu holiday in South Africa
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Dussehra is a Hindu holiday in South Africa
Milad un Nabi (Mawlid)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 Mawlid, or Milad, marks the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammed, or Mohamed, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar.
Saturday, November 14, 2020 Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals.
Day of Reconciliation
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa
December Solstice
Monday, December 21, 2020 December Solstice in South Africa (Johannesburg)
Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day and falls on December 24 in the Gregorian calendar.
Christmas Day
Friday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Day is one of the biggest Christian celebrations and falls on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar.
Day of Goodwill
Saturday, December 26, 2020 Day of Goodwill is a public holiday in South Africa
New Year's Eve
Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, December 31, in the Gregorian calendar.
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