Youth Day (South Africa)

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 DayJun 16, 2022Thursday
Youth DayJun 16, 2023Friday
Youth DayJun 16, 2024Sunday
Youth DayJun 16, 2025Monday
Youth DayJun 16, 2026Tuesday

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