Family Day: When Does it Happen in 2019/2020

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Family Day is a public holiday celebrated in South Africa. Many countries worldwide such as Australia and Canada celebrates Family Day. On this day, people take a break from the hard work and gather around with their families and enjoy quality time. Workers take the day off of work to get some rest and to be appreciated by their employers. Government agencies are closed on this day. Some private owned businesses stay open although it varies from place to place. Family Day is presently celebrated in South Africa, Alberta, Ontario, Australian Capital Territory, and Saskatchewan provinces in Canada.

When is Family day?

YearDateDayWeek of MonthHoliday
201922-AprilMonday4thFamily Day 2019
202013-AprilMonday3rdFamily Day 2020


It was typical in South Africa to take a day off of work after Easter. In 1995 this day, which is also known as Easter Monday, was made an official public holiday. And was renamed to Family Day, which if one looks at what the day was largely used for, it makes perfect sense.

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.

The public holiday sees many people returning from family holidays and long weekends and sadly becomes quite chaotic.

South Africa’s traffic department and Government spends millions each year on advertising during this period against driving to fast, urging drivers to rest and not take risks on the long journeys, but the death toll on the roads over the Easter weekends are still high, although the numbers have decreased over the years.

Many South Africans have also adopted the thought of remaining at home during this period due to the insane rush that occurs right across the country during the Easter weekend which now includes Family day. If you are one of the families going on holiday during this time always remember to buckle up, keep hydrated and never exceed the speed limit.

The government of South Africa emphasizes spending quality time with family on this day so that people can get together and have a celebration. Friends, relatives and family members will gather together, have meals, drink wine, and enjoy their time with those people that are most important to them. Many people go on vacation with their families and friends or may even invite their friends and neighbors to join in the family feast. Therefore, the day has great significance to all South African citizens as this is a public holiday. The importance of Family Day is uniting families together in the spirit of the holiday.


Family Day Top Things to Do

  • Take advantage of the day off to stop by some of the museums and cultural sights throughout the country. Some great options of museums include the Isiko Museum, the Robben Island Museum and the Anglo-Boer War Museum.
  • Watch a movie about the importance of family bonds. Some of our favourites are Home Alone (1990), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), The Lion King (1994) and The Chronicles of Narnia (2005).
  • Give back to your community and to those who do not have families to spend this day with. Organisations offer weekend foster care and day outings for orphan children. You can either take a child with you on your Family Day or you can donate to help others grant these types of opportunities to children in need.
  • Host a BBQ with your friends and family. Enjoy the long weekend outdoors in the spring time air. Try grilling local meats and making dishes such as antelope, boerewors, bobotie, chakalaka and pap.


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