Vacances de première période (début) -
Vendredi 20 Mars 2020
vacances scolaires :
Journée des Droits de l'homme -
Samedi 21 Mars 2020
Jour férié laïc : On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organizations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides; Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur. [http://africanhistory.about.com]
Vacances de première période (fin) -
Mercredi 1 Avril 2020
vacances scolaires :
Vendredi Saint -
Vendredi 10 Avril 2020
Catholique ou protestante : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Dimanche 12 Avril 2020
Catholique ou protestante : Not a paid holiday
Journée de la Famille -
Lundi 13 Avril 2020
Jour férié laïc : It was typical in South Africa to take a day off of work after Easter. This day, which is also known as Easter Monday, was renamed as Family Day in 1995. This extra day off for the holiday was meant to give families more quality family time together and to allow them to go on vacations with friends and family.
Jour de la Liberté -
Lundi 27 Avril 2020
Jour férié laïc : Les premières élections libres post-apartheid ont eu lieu en 1994. Les Sud-Africains de toutes races ont été autorisés à déterminer l'avenir de leur démocratie. Nelson Mandela a été élu Président.
Fête du Travail -
Vendredi 1 Mai 2020
Jour férié laïc : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .