Public Holidays

Public Holidays in Eswatini

This is a list of holidays in Eswatini.

(If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it may be celebrated on the following Monday)

1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
Friday before Easter (March or April)Good Friday
Monday after Easter (March or April)Easter Monday
19 AprilKing’s BirthdayHis Majesty Mswati III was born on 19 April 1968 in Manzini.
25 AprilNational Flag Day
1 MayLabour Day
40 days after Easter
(Thursday in May or June)
Ascension Day
22 JulyKing Father’s BirthdaySobhuza II was Ngwenyama from 1899 to 1982.
6 SeptemberIndependence DayNamed for Ngwane IV, Somhlolo, who reigned from 1815 to 1836 and created a kingdom comparable to the Zulu, the Maroti, or the Pedi.
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day
Last week of December to first week of JanuaryIncwala DayThis is the most important event in Eswatini culture. Its main purpose is to celebrate kingship.