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South Africa

Holidays & Observances in South Africa

South Africa is a country in the southern tip of the continent of Africa. Like most other African countries it has seen plenty of ethnic violence, mostly between descendants of white Europeans and black indigenous people. But it has recovered quickly to become one of the most peaceful and economically prosperous countries in Africa. Now the many indigenous cultural groups coexist with Europeans and Indians all across the country. The diversity of South Africa means that languages and traditions vary between the different groups. Christianity is the most common religion, so Christian holidays are widely celebrated, but they are not necessarily celebrated the same way by each group.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity