Holidays and Observances in South Africa for 2023

What are the main holidays in South Africa? As with most countries, national holidays in South Africa generally mark religious, quasi-religious or patriotic occasions. Below is a listing of all public holidays in South Africa. Add these holidays to a calendar using our calendar maker. Click on any holiday below for more details and dates for the next 10 years.

2023 SOUTH AFRICA HOLIDAYS

DateDayHoliday NameHoliday Type
JANUARY
Jan 1SundayNew Years DayNational
Jan 2MondayDay off for New Years DayNational
Jan 2MondayTweede Nuwe JaarObservance
MARCH
Mar 21TuesdayHuman Rights DayNational
APRIL
Apr 7FridayGood FridayNational
Apr 8SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance
Apr 9SundayEaster SundayObservance
Apr 10MondayFamily DayNational
Apr 27ThursdayFreedom DayNational
MAY
May 1MondayWorkers DayNational
May 14SundayMothers DayObservance
JUNE
Jun 16FridayYouth DayNational
Jun 18SundayFathers DayObservance
Jun 18SundayNelson Mandela DayObservance
AUGUST
Aug 9WednesdayNational Womens DayNational
SEPTEMBER
Sep 24SundayHeritage DayNational
Sep 25MondayDay off for Heritage DayNational
DECEMBER
Dec 16SaturdayDay of ReconciliationNational
Dec 24SundayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25MondayChristmas DayNational
Dec 26TuesdayDay of GoodwillNational
Dec 31SundayNew Years EveObservance