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Human Rights Day in South Africa

Is Human Rights Day a Public Holiday?

Human Rights Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2020 it falls on a Saturday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.

Human Rights Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2016MonMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2017TueMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2018WedMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2019ThuMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2020SatMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2021SunMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2021MonMar 22Human Rights Day observedPublic Holiday
2022MonMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2023TueMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2024ThuMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday
2025FriMar 21Human Rights DayPublic Holiday

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