South Africa Calendar 2012/South Africa Public Holidays 2012
The republic of South Africa has several holidays some of which are global. Having attained its independence from the apartheid rule in 1994, Most of its holidays are first celebrated after independence year. Let us look at holidays that are celebrated in South Africa;Let us look into the South African Holidays 2012,
New Year’s Day: A global holiday to celebrate the start off a new year. Saturday 1st January 2012
Human rights day - An important national holiday to commemorate the establishment of South Africa National Human Rights Commission. Wednesday 21st March 2012.
Good Friday- a global Christian holiday observed to commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion and death, which is told in the Christian bible. Friday 6th April
Easter Sunday -a global Christian holiday marked to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 8th April 2012.
Family day- the Monday after Easter Sunday was declared family day in South Africa. It is a nationwide holiday and allows the people to have a day off from work. Monday 9th April 2012
Freedom day. A public holiday to celebrate the freedom of South Africa from apartheid rule. It was first held in 1994 when they first held a national election that was not based on the race. Friday 27th April 2012
Workers day. A national holiday first held in 1994. It is a testimony to the hard battles that workers in this country and in other parts of the globe have waged for workers’ rights and social justice over many decades. 1st May 2012.
Mother’s day it’s a global holiday celebrated by many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures. The most commonly used flowers on Mother’s Day is the traditional carnation. 13th June 2012.
Youth day South Africa celebrates youth day to commemorate the start of Soweto riots of 1976 and to appreciate the role they played in liberating the country from apartheid rule. Saturday 16th June
National women’s day This day commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participating in a national march petitioned against pass laws (legislation that required African persons to carry a document on them to ‘prove’ that they were allowed to enter a ‘white area’). Thursday 9th August 2012.
Heritage day. Its one of South Africa’s newly introduced holidays to appreciate the deep culture which cannot be ignored. They celebrate the creative expressions, historical heritage, language and food.
The national reconciliation day. It was previously known as Dingaans Day. It is celebrated to commemorate the voortrekker victory at the battle of Blood River in 1838. 16th December 2012.
Christmas day. A global Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Good will day: It’s a countrywide holiday first celebrated in 1994 when Nelson Mandela took over office. It is a day when the people of South Africa give to the less fortunate in society.
New Years Eve: It is a global holiday to mark the end of the year. 31st December 2012.