Jour de l'An -
Mercredi 1 Janvier 2020
Jour férié laïc : The world's most widely celbrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Tour of South Africa -
Mercredi 5 Février 2020
Evénements sportifs : Cycling race
Saint Valentin -
Vendredi 14 Février 2020
Cartes/Fleurs : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February
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]
Poisson d'Avril -
Mercredi 1 Avril 2020
Cartes/Fleurs : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.
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.
Mercredi 15 Avril 2020
Cartes/Fleurs : Délivrance du peuple juif d'Egypte. Le service au cours des deux premières soirées de Seder raconte l'histoire de l'exode. ce jour N\'EST PAS férié
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.