Independence Day in Eswatini (Swaziland) Date in the current year: September 6, 2024

Independence Day in Eswatini (Swaziland) Independence Day in Eswatini is celebrated on September 6. This national holiday commemorates the independence of the Kingdom of Eswatini, then known as Swaziland, from Great Britain in 1968.

Eswatini, also known as Swaziland, is a small country in Southern Africa; it is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world. Swaziland became a British protectorate in 1906,following the British Empire victory in the Anglo-Boer War. The protectorate was governed by a British resident commissioner.

In 1921, the first legislative body in Swaziland was established. It consisted of elected white representatives. That same year, Sobhuza II became head of the Swazi nation. After the Second World War, Sobhuza with the support of the traditional Swazi leaders formed the Imbokodvo National Movement (INM) that protected the traditional Swazi way of life.

In 1964, the elections to the first Legislative Council of Swaziland were held. The INM won all the seats. On September 6, 1968, Swaziland became an independent nation. Originally, it was a constitutional monarchy, but in 1973, Sobhuza assumed full power. In 2018, KIng Mswati III renamed the country Eswatini (also spelled eSwatini).

Independence Day of Eswatini, also known as Somhlolo Day, is celebrated nationwide. The main celebration is held at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, the royal and legislative capital of Eswatini.

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