South Africa

Accurate, up-to-date public holidays, bank holidays, and observances in South Africa for 2018 ready to be integrated into your application.

Located on the southernmost region of the African continent is South Africa. Often referred to as the “rainbow nation” South Africa is an area of multicultural diversity. Nearly 80% of its people are of Bantu ancestry. This multiethnic society hosts a variety of cultures and languages and religions. South Africa has experienced much political turmoil. During the 20th century the black majority sought more rights from the dominant white minority. From 1948- the 1990’s, South Africa’s racial segregation was the epicenter of racial conflicts. On May 31, 1961, the Republic of South Africa was founded, ending the British monarchy’s reign.

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Date Weekday Name Notes
January 1st Monday New Year's Day Long weekend.
February 13th Tuesday Maha Shivaratri
March 2nd Friday Festival of Colors
March 3rd Saturday UN World Wildlife Day
March 20th Tuesday March Equinox
March 21st Wednesday Human Rights Day
March 30th Friday Good Friday Long weekend.
March 31st Saturday Holy Saturday
April 1st Sunday Easter
April 2nd Monday Family Day Long weekend.
April 12th Thursday Muhammad's Ascension to Heaven
April 27th Friday Freedom Day Long weekend.
May 1st Tuesday Workers' Day
May 10th Thursday Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ
May 13th Sunday Mother's Day
May 20th Sunday Pentecost
May 21st Monday Pentecost Monday
June 10th Sunday Night of Decree
June 14th Thursday Festival of Breaking the Fast
June 16th Saturday Youth Day
June 17th Sunday Father's Day
June 21st Thursday June Solstice
July 18th Wednesday Nelson Mandela Day
August 9th Thursday National Women's Day
August 21st Tuesday Feast of the Sacrifice
August 26th Sunday Raksha Bandhan
September 3rd Monday Janmashtami
September 11th Tuesday Islamic New Year's Day
September 13th Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi
September 23rd Sunday September Equinox
September 24th Monday Heritage Day Long weekend.
October 19th Friday Dussehra
November 1st Thursday All Saints' Day
November 20th Tuesday Birth of the Prophet
December 16th Sunday Day of Reconciliation Long weekend.
December 17th Monday Day of Reconciliation (Observed) Long weekend.
December 21st Friday December Solstice
December 24th Monday Christmas Eve
December 25th Tuesday Christmas Day
December 26th Wednesday Day of Goodwill
December 31st Monday New Year's Eve
Public holidays (national, legal, government, civic, etc) are denoted in bold.
Holiday data for far-reaching years is subject to change due to laws and government decrees.
Long weekends are based on non-working days and not Saturday and Sunday explicitly.

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To retrieve this list of holidays, simply make a GET request to /v1/holidays:
GET /v1/holidays
$ curl -G -d country="ZA" -d year="2018" -d pretty
-d key="__YOUR_API_KEY__"
import ""
hapi := holidayapi.NewV1("__YOUR_API_KEY__")
holidays, err := hapi.Holidays(map[string]interface{}{
  "country": "ZA",
  "year": "2018",
import { HolidayAPI } from 'holidayapi';
const key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
const holidayApi = new HolidayAPI({ key });
  country: 'ZA',
  year: '2018',
$key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__';
$holiday_api = new \HolidayAPI\Client(['key' => $key]);
$holidays = $holiday_api->holidays([
  'country' => 'ZA',
  'year' => '2018',
$Body = @{}
$Body.key = "__YOUR_API_KEY__"
$ = "ZA"
$Body.year = "2018"
$Result = Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $Url -Body $Body
import holidayapi
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi = holidayapi.v1(key)
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'ZA',
  'year': '2018',
require 'ruby-holidayapi'
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi =
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'ZA',
  'year': '2018',