South Africa

Accurate, up-to-date public holidays, bank holidays, and observances in South Africa for 2020 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 Wednesday New Year's Day
February 21st Friday Maha Shivaratri
March 3rd Tuesday UN World Wildlife Day
March 10th Tuesday Festival of Colors
March 20th Friday March Equinox
March 21st Saturday Human Rights Day
March 21st Saturday Muhammad's Ascension to Heaven
April 10th Friday Good Friday Long weekend.
April 11th Saturday Holy Saturday
April 12th Sunday Easter
April 13th Monday Family Day Long weekend.
April 27th Monday Freedom Day Long weekend.
May 1st Friday Workers' Day Long weekend.
May 10th Sunday Mother's Day
May 19th Tuesday Night of Decree
May 21st Thursday Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ
May 23rd Saturday Festival of Breaking the Fast
May 31st Sunday Pentecost
June 1st Monday Pentecost Monday
June 16th Tuesday Youth Day
June 20th Saturday June Solstice
June 21st Sunday Father's Day
July 18th Saturday Nelson Mandela Day
July 30th Thursday Feast of the Sacrifice
August 3rd Monday Raksha Bandhan
August 9th Sunday National Women's Day Long weekend.
August 10th Monday National Women's Day (Observed) Long weekend.
August 11th Tuesday Janmashtami
August 19th Wednesday Islamic New Year's Day
August 22nd Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
September 22nd Tuesday September Equinox
September 24th Thursday Heritage Day
October 25th Sunday Dussehra
October 28th Wednesday Birth of the Prophet
November 1st Sunday All Saints' Day
December 16th Wednesday Day of Reconciliation
December 21st Monday December Solstice
December 24th Thursday Christmas Eve
December 25th Friday Christmas Day Long weekend.
December 26th Saturday Day of Goodwill
December 31st Thursday 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="2020" -d pretty
-d key="__YOUR_API_KEY__"
import ""
hapi := holidayapi.NewV1("__YOUR_API_KEY__")
holidays, err := hapi.Holidays(map[string]interface{}{
  "country": "ZA",
  "year": "2020",
import { HolidayAPI } from 'holidayapi';
const key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
const holidayApi = new HolidayAPI({ key });
  country: 'ZA',
  year: '2020',
$key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__';
$holiday_api = new \HolidayAPI\Client(['key' => $key]);
$holidays = $holiday_api->holidays([
  'country' => 'ZA',
  'year' => '2020',
$Body = @{}
$Body.key = "__YOUR_API_KEY__"
$ = "ZA"
$Body.year = "2020"
$Result = Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $Url -Body $Body
import holidayapi
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi = holidayapi.v1(key)
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'ZA',
  'year': '2020',
require 'ruby-holidayapi'
key = '__YOUR_API_KEY__'
hapi =
holidays = hapi.holidays({
  'country': 'ZA',
  'year': '2020',