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Eswatini : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Monday December 12, 2022Incwala (Kingship Ceremony)Secular holiday
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    Thursday December 22, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Friday January 6, 2023Epiphanycards/flowers
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    Tuesday January 17, 2023Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Friday February 24, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday March 7, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday April 19, 2023King's AnniversarySecular holiday
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    Friday April 21, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Tuesday April 25, 2023National Flag's DayNational Day
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 15, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    Friday May 26, 2023Bush Fire International FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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    Incwala (Kingship Ceremony)

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    Monday December 12, 2022
    Secular holiday : The Incwala or first fruit ceremony is the most sacred of all the Swazi ceremonies in which the King plays a dominant part. date is usually set just a few days prior to celebration date to be confirmed

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday December 22, 2022
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    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Boxing Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
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    Epiphany

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    Friday January 6, 2023
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    Summer holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 17, 2023
    School holidays : Www.gov.sz
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    official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    Schooling mandatory till age 12
    Teaching language: Swazi, English, Zulu, Tsonga, Afrikaans
    Schools are closed on Friday & Saturday
    School uniforms required
    The kingdom has in recent years introduced free primary school education, with effect that children who have graduated do not find places in secondary schools

    We carry confirmed dates till Jan 2023

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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 24, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Tuesday March 7, 2023
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    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    King's Anniversary

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    Wednesday April 19, 2023
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    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    National Flag's Day

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    Tuesday April 25, 2023
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday May 15, 2023
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    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.

    Bush Fire International Festival

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    Friday May 26, 2023
    Culture : Www.bushfire.co.sz lasts 2 days - in Mbabane 2023 edition NOT confirmed