Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa, observed on June 16 yearly. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the Soweto uprising, a series of protests led by black schoolchildren in South Africa that began on June 16, 1976.
In 1974, the Afrikaans Medium Decree was introduced, which forced all-black schools to use both Afrikaans and English as languages of instruction.
On June 16, 1976, students mobilized by the South African Students Movement's Action Committee started a strike protest against the government's directive. However, they were met by armed police, and many children were shot and killed. This resulted in a widespread revolt that became an uprising against the government.
The following is the list of Youth Day in South Africa from 2022 to 2026.
|Youth Day||Jun 16, 2022||Thursday|
|Youth Day||Jun 16, 2023||Friday|
|Youth Day||Jun 16, 2024||Sunday|
|Youth Day||Jun 16, 2025||Monday|
|Youth Day||Jun 16, 2026||Tuesday|
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