Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, celebrating with family and friends


An international public holiday marking one of the Christian religion’s central events – the birth of Jesus Christ – Christmas Day has become a day where people from all religious and cultural backgrounds come together in the spirit of giving.

While the actual date of Christ’s birth remains up for heated debate, Christians and people all over the world have accepted December 25 as Christmas day, and most still celebrate with a coming together of families at the lunch table, the pulling of crackers and the carving of roasts.

Even though we’re in the hottest hemisphere, many South Africans still uphold the European traditions, including the display of Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, warm drinks and puddings at the lunch or dinner table and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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JANUARY

1 January

New Year's Day

MARCH

21 March

Human Rights Day

APRIL

18 April

Good Friday

21 April

Family Day

27 April

Freedom Day

MAY

1 May

Worker’s Day

JUNE

16 June

Youth Day

AUGUST

9 August

National Women's Day

SEPTEMBER

24 September

Heritage Day

DECEMBER

16 December

Day of Reconciliation

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Day of Goodwill

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Cape Town Events Calendar
December 2011
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David Lurie Morning After Dark 1Morning After Dark Exhibition at the ...

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The Foreign Exchange Bar Quiz NightTrivia Night at The Foreign Exchange Bar

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Indulge in one of two rehydrating facials and get a FREE nail treatment

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A must-do with a view in dearest Cape Town

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Sotano Lamb Burger SpecialDinner Special at Sotano in Cape Town

Tuck into two lamb burgers and fries for the price of one every Wednesday

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saxenburg2Wine Tasting Safari at Saxenburg Estate

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Laugh in the face of the five-day workweek at Cape Town’s only dedicated ...

Seafood platter from Dornier Restaurant in StellenboschShellfish Special at Dornier Bodega ...

Make Wednesdays truly wonderful with a half-price shellfish deal at this ...

Hout Bay Dental Studio Teeth Whitening EffectsTeeth Whitening Special at Hout Bay ...

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Host memorable, meaningful functions at this warm CBD bistro

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Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

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Happy Hour at Mojitos2-for-1 Burger Special at Cafe Mojito

Grab two mouth-watering burgers for R69 every Wednesday at Long Street’s ...

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Take to the skies on any Wednesday with this reputable company and receive R100 ...

Burritos from Orinoco Mexican RestaurantQuesadilla & Burrito Wednesday Lunch ...

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