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Swaziland Public Holidays 2017

Today – 23 July 2017 – is not a holiday in Swaziland.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Swaziland. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
19 AprWedKing's Birthday
25 AprTueNational Flag Day
1 MayMonWorkers' Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
22 JulSatKing Father's Birthday
4 SepMonUmhlanga
6 SepWedSomholo Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

Several of the holidays celebrated in Swaziland are based on their culture. These holidays often extend over several days, with one holiday actually taking a full 30 days to complete. These holidays are based on the lunar cycle and the dates will change each year. However, the government of Swaziland only declares one day of each of these celebrations as a national holiday.

The King of Swaziland retains full authority of nationally celebrated holidays and can add or delete holidays at will. Announcements of when lunar holidays or any changes to the holiday schedule are announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs. At this time, the announcements are made by local publication only.

The Labour Laws of Swaziland do not grant any special wages or guaranteed days off to workers for national holidays. However, the King encourages everyone to partake in these celebrations, so most people are given time off from their job.

It should be noted that there is a public law against videotaping or photographing certain culturally based holidays in the country. These celebrations are the Birthday of King Mswati III, the Umhlanga (Reed Dance), Somhlolo Day (Independence Day) and Incwala.