Public holidays in Tuvalu

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The following are public holidays in Tuvalu.[1]

Date English name Tuvaluan name
January 1 New Year's Day Tausaga Fou
Second Monday in March Commonwealth Day
moveable in spring Good Friday
moveable in spring Holy Saturday
moveable in spring Easter
moveable in spring Easter Monday
Monday after second Sunday in May Gospel Day Te Aso o te Tala Lei
Second Saturday in June
(can vary if appointed differently)
Queen's Official Birthday
First Monday in August National Children's Day Aso Tamaliki
October 1 (public holiday continues October 2) Tuvalu Day
Second Monday in November Heir to the Throne's Birthday
December 25 Christmas Day Kilisimasi
December 26 Boxing Day

Also, the regions observe the following regional holidays:[2]

Date Atoll/Island Name Remarks
January 8 Nanumea Te Po o Tefolaha The day Nanumea embraced Christianity brought by the London Missionary Society through Samoan pastors.[3]
February 11 Nukufetau Te Aso o Tutasi Honors the Tutasi school.
February 16 Nui Bongin the Ieka (Day of the Flood) Commemorates the Tsunami that struck the island on that day in 1882.[4]
April 15 Nanumaga Aho o te Fakavae
April 23 Funafuti Funafuti Bomb Day Commemorates the day during the Pacific War (World War II) when 680 people took refuge in the concrete walled, pandanus-thatched church from a Japanese bombing raid. Fortunately Corporal B. F. Ladd, an American soldier, persuaded them to get into dugouts, as a bomb struck the building shortly after.[5]
moveable in May Nukulaelae Aso o te Tala Lei Island-specific Gospel Day.
September 17 Niutao Te Aso o te Setema
October 21 Funafuti Cyclone Day Commemorates Cyclone Bebe's destruction of Funafuti in 1972.[6][7]
November 25 Vaitupu Te Aso Fiafia (Happy Day) Commemorates 25 November 1887 which was the date on which the final instalment of a debt of $13,000 was repaid to H. M. Ruge and Company.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PDF of the Public Holidays Act
  2. ^ Lalua, Silafaga (3 January 2007). "Island special public holidays". tuvalu-news.tv. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Te Po o Tefolaha
  4. ^ Sotaga Pape, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 10 – Nui". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. pp. 74–75. 
  5. ^ Melei Telavi, Tuvalu A History (1983) Ch. 18 War, U.S.P./Tuvalu, p. 140
  6. ^ Resture, Jane (17 May 2004). "Tuvalu and the hurricanes". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Funafuti natives celebrate Hurricane Bebe". tuvalu-news.tv. 23 October 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Kalaaki Laupepa, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 11 – Vaitupu". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 82.