Public Holidays in Eswatini

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Public holidays in Eswatini list. Below are National public holidays in Eswatini .

Public holidays in Eswatini
Public holidays in Eswatini

These are Eswatini public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Eswatini as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Eswatini with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Public holidays observed in Eswatini are cultural in nature. These holidays frequently last several days, with one taking a full 30 days to complete. These holidays are based on the lunar cycle, and the dates will vary from year to year. The government of Eswatini, however, only declares one day of each of these celebrations as a national holiday.

The King of Eswatini retains full authority over national holidays and has the authority to add or delete holidays at his discretion. The Ministry of Home Affairs announces when lunar holidays will be observed and any changes to the holiday schedule. At the moment, announcements are only made through local publications.

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Eswatini’s labor laws do not provide for any special wages or guaranteed days off for national holidays. However, because the King encourages everyone to participate in these festivities, most people are given time off from work.

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

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Eswatini observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Eswatini Public Holidays

In the Eswatini , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Eswatini as a holiday.

Every year on a Eswatini public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

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Below are the list of upcoming official Eswatini public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Eswatini

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Jan 02: Incwala Day

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 05: Easter Monday

Apr 19: King’s Birthday

Apr 25: Flag Day

Apr 26: Flag Day (in lieu)

May 01: Labour Day

May 13: Ascension Day

This day observes the departure of Jesus from earth after his resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity.

Jul 22: Birthday of Late King Sobhuza

Sep 04: Umhlanga reed dance

Sep 06: Somhlolo Day

Dec 22: Incwala Day

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 26: Day of Goodwill

Dec 27: Day of Goodwill (in lieu)

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Eswatini happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Eswatini public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Eswatini gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Eswatini or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.