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Diwali/Deepavali in South Africa

Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated in October or November each year. Diwali celebrations can last for about five days.

Is Diwali/Deepavali a Public Holiday?

Diwali/Deepavali is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, November 12, 2023 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in South Africa.

Dipa oil lamps are often lit for Diwali celebrations.


About Diwali/Deepavali

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Diwali/Deepavali Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2010–2030.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010FriNov 5Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2011WedOct 26Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2012TueNov 13Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2013SatNov 2Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2014ThuOct 23Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2015WedNov 11Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2016SunOct 30Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2017ThuOct 19Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2018TueNov 6Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2019SunOct 27Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2020SatNov 14Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2021ThuNov 4Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2022MonOct 24Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2023SunNov 12Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2024ThuOct 31Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2025MonOct 20Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2026SunNov 8Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2027ThuOct 28Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2028TueOct 17Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2029MonNov 5Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday
2030SatOct 26Diwali/DeepavaliHindu Holiday

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