South Africa Calendar
Most of the South African holidays trace their origin from the apartheid era. It is during this long struggle for equality between black people and white people in South Africa that most of these holidays get their origin from. South Africans mark these days not only for celebratory purposes; primarily these are to remind them of their past.
New Year’s Day – As with other countries of the Western hemisphere, the New Year is celebrated in South Africa according to the Gregorian calendar, although SA has its own version of New Year’s tradition.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Human Rights Day – The main purpose of this day in the South Africa calendar 2013 is to remind South Africans, both black and white, about the importance of respecting human rights. It is because it was on this day in 1960 that police killed 69 black protestors in the town of Sharpeville. Less than a week later, the apartheid government banned all black political organizations.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Good Friday – SA has an increasing Christian (but mostly Muslim) population, and the day Jesus Christ was crucified is considered a national holiday.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Easter Sunday – The resurrection of Christ is also another occasion to celebrate a national holiday in a largely Muslim country.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Family Day – The day after Easter is declared a public holiday to give families an opportunity to gather together and have picnics in public areas.
Monday, 1 April 2013
Freedom Day – This day has two meanings to South Africans. First of all, it is the day when South Africa gained independence. This is the day in the South Africa calendar 2013 when universal suffrage for all South Africans was passed. All adult South Africans, regardless of race or creed, could take part in elections on this day. Also, on 27th April 1997, South Africa has a new constitution. This new constitution removed all segregation among South Africa’s different races and encouraged equal participation in political and economic activities in the country.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Worker’s Day – This day is marked to celebrate the average worker and address important issues that affect the workers such as problems with their wages and any mistreatment that there might be at the workplace. Workers in South Africa played an important role in making the country what it is today and it is only fitting that they be celebrated on their own special day.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Youth Day – Youth Day is held in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in fighting against Afrikaans and Bantu education.
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Mandela Day – This day is the newest national holiday in South Africa as it was introduced by President Jacob Zuma in 2009. It is a special day made in honor of the most famous son to ever come out of South Africa and, perhaps, the whole of Africa – Nelson Mandela.
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Day of Reconciliation – This is the day in the South Africa calendar 2013 when apartheid (at least as a concept) was abolished.
Monday, 16 December 2013
Christmas Day – Like all other countries in the world, SA also celebrates the birth of the savior of the Christendom.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy South Africa Holidays in 2013. .!