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Swaziland Incwala Public Holiday Friday

Source: Government of Swaziland Ministry of Home Affairs (Mbabane)
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013


Swaziland's Minister of Home Affairs, Princess Tsandzile, has announced that the upcoming Incwala non-working public holiday in Swaziland would soon be announced as Friday, December 20, 2013.

The aforementioned announcement of Friday, December 20, 2013, as the date of the upcoming Incwala non-working public holiday in Swaziland ("Yemo kunjalo inyeti ikhomba kutsi Incwala Lenkhulu itawugidvwa ngaye Lwesihlanu"), follows the recent announcement by the acting Governor of the Ludzidzini Royal Residence of the start of the annual Little Incwala (2013-12-02).

The date of the main Incwala dance, which is an annual non-working public holiday in Swaziland, is usually announced only a few days beforehand (2012-12-19, 2011-12-09, 2010-12-21, 2009-12-31, 2008-12-13, 2007-12-26, and 2007-01-04).

Due to the complex nature of the rule used to specify the date of the Incwala main day, and its related public holiday, the Incwala public holiday sometimes occurs twice in a year (2010-12-21, 2010-01-02, 2007-12-26, and 2007-01-04 and will happen again in 2015, 2018, and 2019). On the other hand some years it does not occur at all, as was the case in 2006 and 2009 and will be the case in 2014, 2017, and 2020.

As mentioned in earlier postings, based on our calculations, we had correctly estimated that the upcoming Incwala public holiday would be announced on Friday, December 20, 2013.


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