Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs (Mbabane)
Swaziland's Home Affairs minister, Prince Gcokoma Dlamini, has announced, once again well in advance, that the upcoming non-working public holiday for the Umhlanga (aka. Reed Dance) would be in September.
As per the aforementioned statement, the main day for dancing will be in September 2012, but that date being a Sunday, the following Monday has been declared a public holiday.
Although this year's announcement is not as early as that of last year (16-Jun-2011), it is still much earlier than in previous years when the Umhlanga, Reed Dance, public holiday was usually declared 2-3 weeks before the event (12-Aug-2010 and 15-Aug-2008), and on some occasions, only days beforehand (29-Aug-2009 and 28-Aug-2007).
According to Prince Gcokoma Dlamini, "The government has noted that announcing such events before time allows people to make arrangements more especially those coming from Europe.".
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Swaziland 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
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Swaziland 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
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• 2017-08-18: Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2017 Public Holiday
• 2016-08-10: Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2016 Public Holiday
• 2016-02-25: Swaziland Public Holiday April 22
• 2015-08-13: Swaziland Umhlanga/Reed Dance 2015 Public Holiday
• 2015-03-12: Swaziland Public Holiday April 20
• 2014-08-06: Swaziland Reed Dance 2014 Public Holiday
• 2013-07-23: Swaziland Reed Dance 2013 Public Holiday
• 2011-06-16: Swaziland Reed Dance 2011 Public Holiday
• 2010-08-12: Swaziland Announces Umhlanga Public Holiday
• 2009-08-29: Swaziland Reed Dance Public Holiday Confirmed
• 2008-08-15: Swaziland Announces Official Reed Dance Public Holiday Date
• 2007-08-28: Swaziland Umhlanga Public Holiday Seems Set For September 3