Family Day

Family Day Quick Facts

2021 Date5 April 2021
2022 Date18 April 2022
Family Day

Family Day History

Family Day celebrates families and emphasises the importance of family bonds and quality time spent as a family unit. Originally, the day was used as a recovery from Easter festivities however it is now part of the Easter long weekend and gives families the opportunity to spend additional time together.

Family Day was first celebrated as Easter Monday in 1910. Family Day was renamed as such in 1994 in order to include all religions, as the holiday was originally more Christian. It is celebrated annually on the Monday following Easter.

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Family Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the 2013, there are 14.5 million households in South Africa, with an average size of 3.4 people.
  • Before Family Day, South Africans enjoy the Good Friday holiday and both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday to make a 4-day weekend.
  • According to the 2012 Government Report, 43% of children in South Africa live with their biological mother only, while 36% live with both parents, 2% live with biological fathers only and 19% live with neither biological parents.
  • Family is not an important thing, it's everything. - Michael J Fox, American Actor
  • The family is the nucleus of civilization - Will Durant, American writer and philosopher

Family Day Top Events and 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.
  • Raise awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures of your day and your family time with hashtags such as#FamilyDay, #SouthAfricanFamilyDay and #FamilyTime.
  • 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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