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Holidays and Observances in South Africa in 2020

Events and observations associated with the holidays we list may be canceled or otherwise affected due to measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with event organizers for details.

Holidays and Observances in South Africa in 2020

Date NameType
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year's DayPublic Holiday
Feb 21FridayMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
Mar 9MondayHoliHindu Holiday
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 21SaturdayHuman Rights DayPublic Holiday
Mar 22SundayIsra and Mi'rajMuslim
Apr 10FridayGood FridayPublic Holiday
Apr 11SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance
Apr 13MondayFamily DayPublic Holiday
Apr 27MondayFreedom DayPublic Holiday
May 1FridayWorkers' DayPublic Holiday
May 10SundayMother's DayObservance
May 19TuesdayLaylatul Qadr (Night of Power)Muslim
May 21ThursdayAscension DayObservance
May 25MondayEid ul FitrMuslim
May 31SundayPentecostObservance
Jun 16TuesdayYouth DayPublic Holiday
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 21SundayFather's DayObservance
Jul 18SaturdayNelson Mandela DayObservance
Aug 1SaturdayEid ul AdhaMuslim
Aug 3MondayRaksha BandhanHindu Holiday
Aug 9SundayNational Women's DayPublic Holiday
Aug 10MondayNational Women's Day observedPublic Holiday
Aug 11TuesdayJanmashtamiHindu Holiday
Aug 21FridayMuharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
Aug 22SaturdayGanesh ChaturthiHindu Holiday
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Sep 24ThursdayHeritage DayPublic Holiday
Oct 17SaturdayNavaratriHindu Holiday
Oct 25SundayDussehraHindu Holiday
Oct 29ThursdayMilad un Nabi (Mawlid)Muslim
Nov 1SundayAll Saints' DayObservance
Dec 16WednesdayDay of ReconciliationPublic Holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
Dec 26SaturdayDay of GoodwillPublic Holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year's EveObservance

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