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 on Monday, September 3, 2012.
As per the aformentioned statement, the main day for dancing will be Sunday, September 2, 2012, but that date being a Sunday, Monday, September 3, 2012, 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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