Oh, what a day: June 16

South Africa, are you ready for this weekend? It is set to be an eventful one what with all the commemorations we’ll be observing all on one day: June 16.

Youth Day

On this day the nation commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which hundreds of young lives were lost. More than 20,000 pupils took the streets in a peaceful march against Bantu Education, however a clash with the police turned the situation violent. The violence lasted a few weeks and resulted in the loss of about 700 lives.

Pupils marched holding up placards and peace signs [image: bookmansbytes.blogspot.com]
Day of the African Child

This day is not only observed by South Africa, but by Africa as a whole. It is a day to remember those who out their lives on the line in the Soweto Uprising all in the name of freedom. It is also to reflect on the realities of and issues faced by the African children today. The theme this year is “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First.”

The children of Africa [image: Annie Spratt/Unsplash]
Fathers’ Day

And lastly, but certainly not least, it will be Fathers’ Day. Of course, this day in internationally celebrated, so remember to go out and get your dad the perfect gift to express your love and gratitude.

Father and son walk hand in hand on the beach [image: Szilvia Basso/Unsplash]