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YOUTH DAY

When is Youth Day in 2019?

Youth Day in 2019 is on the Sunday, 16th of Jun (6/16/2019).

Youth Day is on the 167th day of 2019. There are 198 days left in the year.

Youth Day Facts

  • Date: Jun 16, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: National Youth Day
  • Celebrations: Musical Concerts, Youth awareness programs
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Youth Day in South Africa commemorates the Soweto Uprising in the country. The day is celebrated on June 16 every year. The day is celebrated in order to recognize the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the Apartheid regime.

The grounds of the movement lay in a 1974 official order which made Afrikaans compulsory in schools. The order stated that Afrikaans be used in conjunction with English for teaching in schools. Certain subjects like social studies, mathematics and algebra were required to be taught in Afrikaans while others like home science and general science were required to be taught in English. The use of local languages was prohibited was these subjects citing a provision in constitution which laid down Afrikaans and English as the official languages of the country.

Afrikaans was largely seen by people as the "language of the oppressor" and it resulted in growing resentment in teachers as well as students. It was on April 30, 1976 when the resentment crossed all thresholds and the students of Orlando West Junior High School refused to go to school. On the morning of June 16, 1976, thousands of black students went on a protest rally from their schools to Orlando Stadium.

Although the rally was intended to be a peace protest, things soon got out of control and riots were seen all over the place. Hundreds of students were killed during the protest. Although this youth revolution did not see the taking back of the language order immediately, it did see a turning point in South Africa's liberation campaign which ultimately saw the downfall of the apartheid government there.

The Youth Day in South Africa is celebrated in memory of all the youngsters who lost their lives during the protest, especially the death of Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was killed during the uprising. The day is celebrated with musical concerts around the country in order to celebrate the energy of youth. The day also sees various educational discussions being organized by school and college students around the country. Various youth oriented non- profit organizations also organize awareness campaigns on this day to make the youth of the country aware of the challenges in the current environment of the country. It was the Soweto Uprising which laid the grounds for the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of the Apartheid regime in the country.

Youth Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Jun 16, 2009
  • Youth Day
  • Wed
  • Jun 16, 2010
  • Youth Day
  • Thu
  • Jun 16, 2011
  • Youth Day
  • Sat
  • Jun 16, 2012
  • Youth Day
  • Mon
  • Jun 17, 2013
  • Mon
  • Jun 16, 2014
  • Tue
  • Jun 16, 2015
  • Thu
  • Jun 16, 2016
  • Fri
  • Jun 16, 2017
  • Sat
  • Jun 16, 2018
  • Sun
  • Jun 16, 2019

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of South Africa in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Human Rights Day
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21Easter
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Family Day
SaturdaySatApr 27, 2019Apr 27Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Workers Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Africa Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16Youth Day
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17Youth Day Holidays
ThursdayThuJul 18, 2019Jul 18Nelson Mandela's Birthday
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09Women's Day
TuesdayTueSep 24, 2019Sep 24Heritage Day
MondayMonDec 16, 2019Dec 16Reconciliation Day
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day
ThursdayThuDec 26, 2019Dec 26Day of Goodwill