Public holidays in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

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This is a list of public holidays in Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean consisting of Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

Date Name Notes
January 1 New Year's Day Public holiday is the 2 January if 1 January is a Sunday; public holiday is the 3 January if 1 January is a Saturday
March or April Good Friday
March or April Easter Monday
3rd Monday in April Queen's Birthday (Elizabeth II's actual birthday is April 21)
May 21 Saint Helena Day
May or June Ascension Day Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha only
May or June Whit Monday
May or June Ratting Day Tristan da Cunha only (date varies each year)
August 14 Anniversary Day Tristan da Cunha only
Last Monday in August August Bank Holiday not Tristan da Cunha
December 25 Christmas Day The public holiday may be on a different day — see Boxing Day#Date
December 26 or 27 Boxing Day If the 26 December is a Sunday, then Boxing Day is held on 27 December; the public holiday may be on a different day — see Boxing Day#Date

Local custom and variance[edit]

Saint Helena has a total of 9 public holidays, Ascension Island a total of 10 days, and Tristan da Cunha a total of 11 days.

St. Helena's feast day is celebrated as the island of Saint Helena was discovered on the feast day and is named in her honour; it is a public holiday across the territory. Ascension Island was discovered on Ascension Day in 1503; it is celebrated on that island and also in Tristan da Cunha. In the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, Anniversary Day celebrates the day on which the islands were formally annexed to the British Empire in 1816.

Ratting Day is a local observance on Tristan da Cunha island and its date is declared annually by the Chief Islander; it can be moved at short notice depending on weather conditions.[1]

Christian observance[edit]

The territory has a largely Christian population and two further dates are therefore locally notable in the calendar: Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday (the Pentecost), both of which (along with their associated public holidays of Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day and Whit Monday) vary each year.

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