September 6, 1968 – Swaziland was granted formal independence.
On September 6 1968, Swaziland was granted formal independence within
the Commonwealth. This national holiday is named after King Sobhuza I (Ngwane IV), who was king between 1805 and 1839, and who was nicknamed ‘Somhlolo’ (The Wonder) and is considered the founder of Swaziland.
This national holiday commemorates the independence of the Kingdom of Swaziland from Great Britain in 1968. Swaziland is one of the few absolute monarchies in the world.
On 6th September, 1968, Swaziland became an independent nation. Originally it was a constitutional monarchy, but in 1973 Sobhuza II assumed full power.
Independence Day of Swaziland, also known as Somhlolo Day, is celebrated nationwide. The main celebration is held at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba.
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