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.
Although this year's announcement is not as early as that of last year (07-Jul-2012), or for that matter that of 2 years ago (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 main day of Umhlanga has been announced early with the hope that all interested visitors and tourists can get ready for the cultural ceremony, which has also become a major tourist attraction for the country.".
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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
• 2012-07-07: Swaziland Reed Dance 2012 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