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Holidays and Observances in South Africa in 2026

Holidays and Observances in South Africa in 2026

Date NameType
Jan 1ThursdayNew Year's DayPublic Holiday
Jan 2FridayTweede Nuwe JaarObservance
Jan 16FridayIsra and Mi'rajMuslim
Feb 15SundayMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
Feb 18WednesdayRamadan Start (Tentative Date)Muslim
Feb 21SaturdayArmed Forces DayObservance
Mar 3TuesdayHoliHindu Holiday
Mar 15SundayLaylatul Qadr (Night of Power) (Tentative Date)Muslim
Mar 20FridayEid ul Fitr (Tentative Date)Muslim
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Mar 21SaturdayHuman Rights DayPublic Holiday
Apr 3FridayGood FridayPublic Holiday
Apr 4SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance, Christian
Apr 5SundayEaster SundayObservance, Christian
Apr 6MondayFamily DayPublic Holiday
Apr 27MondayFreedom DayPublic Holiday
May 1FridayWorkers' DayPublic Holiday
May 10SundayMother's DayObservance
May 27WednesdayEid al-Adha (Tentative Date)Muslim
Jun 16TuesdayYouth DayPublic Holiday
Jun 17WednesdayMuharram/Islamic New Year (Tentative Date)Muslim
Jun 21SundayFather's DayObservance
Jun 21SundayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 18SaturdayNelson Mandela DayObservance
Aug 9SundayNational Women's DayPublic Holiday
Aug 10MondayDay off for National Women's DayPublic Holiday
Aug 26WednesdayMilad un Nabi (Mawlid) (Tentative Date)Muslim
Aug 27ThursdayRaksha BandhanHindu Holiday
Sep 4FridayJanmashtamiHindu Holiday
Sep 14MondayGanesh ChaturthiHindu Holiday
Sep 23WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Sep 24ThursdayHeritage DayPublic Holiday
Oct 11SundayNavaratriHindu Holiday
Oct 20TuesdayDussehraHindu Holiday
Nov 8SundayDiwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
Dec 16WednesdayDay of ReconciliationPublic Holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance, Christian
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
Dec 26SaturdayDay of GoodwillPublic Holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year's EveObservance

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