Public Holidays South Africa 2019

Public Holidays are one of our favourite days when it comes to relaxing and having the odd bet. We’ve listed all the dates for your convenience in our Public Holidays South Africa 2019 post!

Public Holidays South Africa 2019

DateHoliday
01 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
21 MarchHuman Rights Day
25 MarchGood Friday
28 MarchFamily Day
27 AprilFreedom Day
01 MayWorkers’ Day
02 MayWorkers’ Day observed
16 JuneYouth Day
09 AugustNational Women’s Day
24 SeptemberHeritage Day
16 DecemberDay of Reconciliation
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberDay of Goodwill

Public Holidays South Africa 2019 – About 

27 April Freedom Day 2019
Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. In 2019 the 27th April falls on a Saturday.

1 May Workers’ Day 2019
Workers’ Day celebrates the role played by trade unions, the Communist Party and other labour movements in the struggle against apartheid. It originated from May Day, which was born from the industrial struggle for an eight-hour day. In 2019 the 1st of May falls on a Wednesday.

16 June Youth Day 2019
On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. In the wake of clashes with the police, and the violence that ensued during the next few weeks, approximately 700 hundred people, many of them youths, were killed and property destroyed. Youth Day commemorates these events. In 2019 the 16th of June falls on a Sunday, which means the public holiday carries over to a Monday.

9 August National Women’s Day 2019
This day commemorates 9 August 1956 when women participated in a national march to petition against pass laws. In 2019 the 9th of August falls on a Friday, enjoy the long weekend!

24 September Heritage Day 2019
“The day is one of our newly created public holidays and its significance rests in recognizing aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and difficult to pin down: creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live. Within a broader social and political context, the day’s events…are a powerful agent for promulgating a South African identity, fostering reconciliation and promoting the notion that variety is a national asset as opposed to igniting conflict. Heritage has defined as “that which we inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation.”  In 2019 the 24th of September falls on a Tuesday

16 December Day of Reconciliation 2019
16 December is a day of great significance in South Africa because of two historical events that took place on that date signifying the reconciliation in South Africa. In 2019 the 16th December holiday falls on a Monday, another long weekend!

25 December Christmas Day 2019
Christmas! In 2019 it falls on a Tuesday, enjoy the day!

26 December Boxing Day 2019
Recover from your Christmas festivities on Boxing day, which falls on a Wednesday in 2019

We hope you found our Public Holidays South Africa 2019 dates useful, enjoy the time off!

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