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South Africa's remembrance holidays
South Africa has 12 public holidays per year, more than most countries around the world. The remembrance public holidays, which explain the country's history are explained below.
In the 1950s, the apartheid government introduced the group areas act. Under this law black were forcibly moved from their homes and relocated to designated areas for blacks and coloured people, formally known as the townships. On this day, we celebrate the end of apartheid and the beginning of democracy in South Africa.
Workers day is celebrated worldwide by socialist and labour movements. The day became official in South Africa after the first democratic elections in 1994 when the government formally recognized the efforts of the workers in the freedom fight against the apartheid government.
Heritage Day was introduced after the 1994 first democratic elections in South Africa to form a new identity for all South Africans and create a united nation. It is a reminder of the nation's cultural diversity and as a chance to express national unity.
Youth Day, as it is popularly known, is a day in which South Africans honour the youth that was ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. In the townships, on this day, you'll notice the locals dressing up in school uniform as a symbol of commemoration and unity with the students that lost their lives when protesting against the use of Africaanz as the language medium in their education system.
Day of Reconciliation
This national holiday focuses on South Africa's triumph in overcoming the conflict of the past and with the hopes of creating a better future. The South African constitution recognises South Africa's diversity. It builds emphasis on equality, mutual respect and a shared future.
National Women's Day
This day celebrates the sisters of Mzantsi. On this day in 1956, 20,000 women of all races marched to the union building against further restrictions in the apartheid laws. Petitions with more than 100,000 signatures were delivered to the prime minister's door. Women's day celebrates the contribution made by women to society and the achievements made for women's rights.
Human Rights Day
In 1960, 69 people were killed in Sharpeville, Johannesburg in a demonstration against the pass laws, which required people of colour to carry around a pass which controlled their movement. This event marked a turning point in the fight for democracy. On this day in 1944, the human rights commission was officially established and the new bill of rights was instituted. The holiday highlights the value of the rights of all South Africans affirming human dignity, equality and freedom.