1st may public holiday in south africa -
When is the May Bank Holiday in Scotland? Date of next day off and weather forecast
If you're hoping to plan ahead for the long weekends, the first May bank holiday is just around the corner.
Scots will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity for a much-deserved break, with restrictions set to ease on everyday life.
The early May bank holiday for 2021 takes place on Monday, May 3 across Scotland and the rest of the UK nations – it always falls on the first Monday of the month.
This is followed by the Spring Bank Holiday on the final Monday of the month, which this year falls on Monday, May 31.
Both of these holidays are observed by all Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales unlike some other long weekends which differ.
Weather forecast for May bank holiday
While it’s too early for the Met Office to provide a forecast for the bank holiday weekend, there will likely not be a heatwave unless things change in the coming weeks.
It's long-range weather forecast predicts: "A settled regime will likely be in place across much of the country at first with high pressure likely to be centred to the west or northwest of the UK.
"However, there is the threat of some rain and a few showers in the North at first, these perhaps extending by midweek to all but central and southern parts.
"Throughout this period, there is the continued threat of rural frost and patchy fog where winds fall light.
"Temperatures are quite uncertain depending on where the area of high pressure resides, particularly in the east where temperatures are likely to struggle above average.
"Warmer days are most likely to be further inland towards the south and west."
Scotland has nine Bank Holidays throughout the year in 2021, while England and Wales have seven and Northern Ireland gets 10.
Strategically booking just four days of annual around the Summer Bank Holiday on August 2 will mean nine days away from work - perfect for a late summer getaway.
In 2022, the nation will be treated to an extra public holiday on June 3 as the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.
The UK once had a whopping 33 official holidays on the calendar - made up mostly of saints days and religious celebrations - but this was abolished by law in 1834.
Bank holidays in Scotland for the rest of 2021:
May 3 , Monday - Early May bank holiday
May 31 , Monday - Spring bank holiday
August 2 , Monday - Summer bank holiday
November 29 , Monday - St Andrew's Day
December 27 , Monday - Christmas Day (substitute day)
December 28 , Tuesday - Boxing Day (substitute day)
South Africa 2021 Holidays
The free South Africa 2021 holidays list can be printed or downloaded in PDF, Word or Excel format. The PDF format works best for those who like to print the holidays, while the MS Word and Excel holidays list can be easily modified or customized with notes, size or color changes. Download or print list of holidays now.
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|New Year's Day||January 01, 2021||Friday|
|Human Rights Day||March 21, 2021||Sunday|
|Public Holiday||March 22, 2021||Monday|
|Good Friday||April 02, 2021||Friday|
|Easter Sunday||April 04, 2021||Sunday|
|Family Day||April 05, 2021||Monday|
|Freedom Day||April 27, 2021||Tuesday|
|Workers' Day||May 01, 2021||Saturday|
|Mother's Day||May 09, 2021||Sunday|
|Youth Day||June 16, 2021||Wednesday|
|Father's Day||June 20, 2021||Sunday|
|Nelson Mandela Day||July 18, 2021||Sunday|
|National Women's Day||August 09, 2021||Monday|
|Heritage Day||September 24, 2021||Friday|
|Day of Reconciliation||December 16, 2021||Thursday|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2021||Saturday|
|Day of Goodwill||December 26, 2021||Sunday|
|Public Holiday||December 27, 2021||Monday|
Seychelles Travel Guide
Events and Festivals in the Seychelles
Celebrating under the tropical blue sky of the Seychelles is a joyful experience. As the vast majority of the population practise Roman Catholicism, Christian Holidays form a large part of the national holiday calendar. Other highlights include secular festivals and the International Carnival.
Music and dancing play such a large role in Seychellois culture that no party is complete without them. And, it is not just at the weekend that people celebrate. Often, following morning church services (often only attended by Seychellois women), picnics, barbeques, and dancing take place. The year-round tropical temperatures encourage this festive culture, which is also expressed in beach barbeques, campfires, and open-air dances.
Seychelles Sailing Cup
At the end of January, catamarans, yachts, and traditional pirogues come to the regattas of the Seychelles Sailing Cup on Praslin. There is also a deep-sea fishing competition as part of the event, which is hosted by a Belgian sailing organisation for one week each year. More Information.The Seychelles Sailing Cup takes place every January on Praslin
Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon
The second major event of the year takes place on the northern peninsula of Mahé in February. Since 2008, the AIMS-certified Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon takes place in this location, and attracts sports enthusiasts from around the world. More Information.
International Deep-Sea Fishing Competition
In March, the International Deep-Sea Fishing Competition is held on Mahé, where the tourist office and the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) take the lead.The Seychelles Sailing Cup takes place every January on Praslin
Carnaval International de Victoria
This colourful homage to the culture of various nations has been celebrated each year since 2011. The Carnaval International de Victoria serves up noisy, colourful, joyous celebration of international harmony over the course of a weekend, with the island capital vibrating from all the rhythms of the world. The largest party in the Seychelles offers live shows, open-air discos, and an extended parade across town. As varied as the Seychellois themselves are the music and the costumes on show, which were made to be admired by all.Carnaval International de Victoria
The spectacle deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as comparable events in Rio de Janeiro, Cologne, or London, and the international contingent that collects here is impressive. In 2015, nineteen different countries were represented here by show acts and creative ideas. That said, the Seychellois still form the majority of participants in the festivities, and often display original, wacky floats and zesty creations. Incidentally, there was also a carnival in Victoria in 1972 following the opening of the airport. You can find maps, information about the event, and hints and tips in the Seychelles Tourist Office (Independence House, Mon - Fri: 8.00 - 16.00, Sat: 9.00 - 12.00, tel. +248 461 0800, more information.
Seychelles Arts Festival
The Seychelles Arts Festival takes place in May. Organised by the National Arts Council, the festival gives outstanding local artists the chance to exhibit their works and give courses. Local chefs serve up some of the best Creole dishes, while music and dance groups come together with traditional storytellers to entertain guests.Carnaval International de Victoria
Since 1999, Africa Day or the FetAfrik has been celebrated every year on 25th May. Many artists, including those from abroad, are involved in festivities.© Karin Le Brun
The National Holiday of the Seychelles is on 18th June, when everyone descends on Victoria for a political day. The programme also contains shows and sporting events. Also in June, Dr. Marc Sabadin invites known artists and young talents from various countries to the Festival of Classical Music on Mahé. Listening to music under palm trees while enjoying views of endless white beaches makes for a fantastic event. Most of the concerts are held in Beau Vallon Bay. Besides that, there are events in various churches or in the international convention centre on Mahé.
Traditionally, in August there is a Sailing Regatta held in Beau Vallon, where a Miss Regatta is selected as part of the programme.
Festival of the Assumption
The Festival of the Assumption takes place in the middle of August, and is particularly well-celebrated on La Digue with a Mass, procession, and festival that attracts many visitors from other islands. In the weeks leading up to the event, houses are spruced up, altars are decorated, and statues are re-painted before being carried on the 15th as part of the procession to the island's church.The Feast of the Assumption; this large festival is celebrated on La Digue in mid-August (© Simone Schwerdtner)
Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta
Encouraged by the success of the carnival on Mahé, the inhabitants of Praslin decided to host their own international event. In September 2014, the world saw its first three-day Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta. Traditional Thai music and dance, a marathon, exhibitions of local artists, cooking events, and much more make this event a real highlight of life on Praslin.Creole specialities at the Praslin Culinary & Arts Fiesta
Also in September is the Windsurfing Race on Mahé, another sporting highlight. The Seychelles Yachting Association is responsible for the event (tel. +248 432 2232, [email protected]), in which windsurfers glide across the 25 km (15 mile) stretch from Victoria to Praslin. Another sporting event is the Seychelles Round Table Regatta in September at Beau Vallon.
At the end of October, the Festival Kreol takes place on Mahé on beaches and in hotels, conference halls, and theatres. Events include music, dancing, art exhibitions, theatre performances, processions, and congresses, all of which provide insight into the Creole way of life and its culture. The festival also contributes to maintaining and promoting the cultural roots of the population. Tourists can participate in the festival too, if they wish. This is thanks to it being the largest and most important on the cultural calendar of the Seychelles (more information), so many of the events take place at the country's larger hotels. The event is organised by the Ministry of Local Government, Sports, and Culture (tel. +248 432 1333). The event calendar can be found at the tourist office on Independence Street in Victoria (tel. +248 467 1200) or at the Festival Kreol Committee in Mont Fleuri (tel. +248 422 5477).
IGFA Fishing Tournament and Seychelles Ocean Festival
In October, the IGFA Fishing Tournament takes place, while in November, underwater photographers and videographers take part in the Seychelles Ocean Festival competition (www.subios.com). The Offshore Fishing Competition around La Digue selects the best deep-sea fisherman in the Seychelles from fifteen different categories. This event takes place in November (tel. +248 438 9696). More Information; SOF on FacebookWhaleshark
First Communion Celebrations
From October to December, First Communions are celebrated in the Seychelles, and it's worth going to church on Sundays during this period to experience the event. Meanwhile, Christmas celebrations in the Seychelles are also some of the largest of the year, and many people spend time on the beach with friends, celebrating with lots of alcohol.
- 1st January: New Year's Day
- 2nd January: Public Holiday
- Easter: Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are all holidays
- 1st May: Labour Day
- 5th June: Liberation Day
- 18th June: National Holiday
- 29th June: Independence Day
- 15th August: Festival of the Assumption
- 1st November: All Saints
- 8th December: Immaculate Conception
- 25th December: Christmas Day
South Africa's National Holidays
When Apartheid ended and the African National Congress under Nelson Mandela came into power in South Africa in 1994, the national holidays were changed to days that would be meaningful to all South Africans.
March 21: Human Rights Day
On this day in 1960, the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws—laws that demanded Blacks always carry passes. Many protesters were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later, the government banned Black political organizations and many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era, there were human rights abuses by all sides; the remembrance of 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.
April 27: Freedom Day
This was the day in 1994 when the first democratic election was held in South Africa, an election when all adults could vote irrespective of their race, as well as the day in 1997 when the new constitution took effect.
May 1: Worker's Day
Many countries around the world commemorate the contribution made by workers to society on May Day (America doesn't celebrate this holiday because of the day's communist origins). It has traditionally been a day to protest for better wages and working conditions. Given the role that trade unions played in the fight for freedom, it is unsurprising that South Africa commemorates this day.
June 16: Youth Day
On June 16, 1976, students in Soweto rioted in protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of instruction of half their school curriculum, sparking eight months of violent uprisings across the country. Youth Day is a national holiday in honor of all the young people who lost their lives in the struggle against Apartheid and Bantu Education.
July 18: Mandela Day
On June 3 2009 in his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma announced "the annual celebration" of South Africa's most famous son—Nelson Mandela.
"Mandela Day will be celebrated on the 18th of July each year. It will give people in South Africa and all over the world the opportunity to do something good to help others. Madiba was politically active for 67 years, and on Mandela Day people all over the world, in the workplace, at home and in schools, will be called upon to spend at least 67 minutes of their time doing something useful within their communities, especially among the less fortunate. Let us wholeheartedly support Mandela Day and encourage the world to join us in this wonderful campaign."
Despite his reference to wholehearted support, Mandela Day failed to become a national holiday; but Nelson Mandela International Day was established by the United Nations in November of 2009.
Aug. 9: National Women's Day
On this day in 1956, some 20,000 women marched to the Union government Buildings in Pretoria to protest against a law requiring Black women to carry passes. This day is celebrated as a reminder of the contribution made by women to society, the achievements that have been made for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face.
Sept. 24: Heritage Day
Nelson Mandela used the phrase "rainbow nation" to describe South Africa's diverse cultures, customs, traditions, histories, and languages. This day is a celebration of that diversity.
Dec. 16: Day of Reconciliation
Afrikaners traditionally celebrated December 16 as the Day of the Vow, remembering the day in 1838 when a group of Voortrekkers defeated a Zulu army at the Battle of Blood River, while ANC activists commemorated it as the day in 1961 when the ANC started to arm its soldiers to overthrow Apartheid. In the new South Africa, it's a day of reconciliation, a day to focus on overcoming the conflicts of the past and building a new nation.
It’s day one of a new year. Not much changes as we head into 2021, but we’re desperately pinning our hopes on the next 12 months being much, much kinder to us. We thought we’d kick the first day of the first month off by ensuring that we’re all able to maximise our public holidays and leave days – as South Africa looks to banish 2020 to the ‘dustbin of history’.
Calendar of public holidays for 2021
Here’s our plan: Going by standardised office dates, work hours, and public holidays, we’ve got a method of taking 15 allocated ‘leave days’, and stretching them out tactically so it feels more like you’ve got 40 days off instead. The trick is to take your time off in strategic batches. At this point, we’ll refer you to the 2021 public holiday calendar:
- 21 March: Human Rights Day (22 March: Public holiday)
- 2 April: Good Friday
- 5 April: Family Day
- 27 April: Freedom Day
- 1 May: Workers’ Day
- 16 June: Youth Day
- 9 August: National Women’s Day
- 24 September: Heritage Day
- 16 December: Day of Reconciliation
- 25 December: Christmas Day
- 26 December: Day of Goodwill (27 December: Public holiday)
How to make the most of your leave days this year
Just a few things to note before we continue. Worker’s Day lands on a bloody Saturday, so we’ve lost a midweek day off. The same fate befalls Christmas Day, which also lands on the first day of the weekend. We do, however, get an extra day to observe the festive period on Monday 27 December – a protocol also in place for Human Rights Day in March.
Our handy little guide helps you turn a standard weekend into a five-day affair. You can stretch Easter out for almost a week, and if you’re ‘one of those people’ who gets two weeks off at the end of December, you can start your Christmas holidays three days early – but you’ll need to play your cards right…
|Holiday and date||Work days to take off||Continuous time out of office|
|Human Rights Day: Sunday 21 March |
(Public holiday observed on Monday 22 March)
|– Friday 19 March|
– Tuesday 23 March
|Easter: Friday 2 April – Sunday 5 April||– Thursday 1 April|
– Monday 6 April
|Freedom Day: Tuesday 27 April||– Monday 26 April||Four days|
|Worker’s Day: Saturday 1 May||N/A||Zero days|
|Youth Day: Wednesday 16 June||– Thursday 17 June|
– Friday 18 June
|National Women’s Day: Monday 9 August||– Friday 6 August|
– Tuesday 10 August
|Heritage Day: Friday 24 September||– Thursday 23 September|
– Monday 27 September
|Day of Reconciliation: Thursday 16 December||– Wednesday 15 December|
– Friday 17 December
|Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill|
Saturday 25 December & Sunday 26 December
(Public holiday observed on Monday 27 December)
|– Thursday 23 December|
– Friday 24 December
|TOTAL DAYS OFF||15||40|