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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 (2012-07-07), or for that matter that of 2 years ago (2011-06-16), 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 (2010-08-12 and 2008-08-15), and on some occasions, only days beforehand (2009-08-29 and 2007-08-28).
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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