Public Holidays in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, a diverse and culturally rich nation in the South Pacific, observes a range of public holidays that reflect its heritage, traditions, and historical events. Here is a list of some of the key public holidays in Papua New Guinea:
- New Year's Day (January 1st): Like many countries, Papua New Guinea celebrates the start of the new year with festivities, gatherings, and cultural events.
- Good Friday (date varies): Good Friday is a significant Christian holiday observed with religious services and processions that commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- Easter Monday (date varies): Easter Monday follows Good Friday and is part of the Easter celebrations, often marked by family outings and picnics.
- Anzac Day (April 25th): Anzac Day is observed to honor the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in various conflicts. It includes commemorative services and parades.
- Independence Day (September 16th): Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia on this day in 1975. The nation celebrates with parades, cultural performances, and patriotic displays.
- Remembrance Day (July 23rd): Remembrance Day honors the sacrifices made by Papua New Guineans during World War I and World War II. It is marked by ceremonies and wreath-laying at war memorials.
- National Day of Repentance (date varies): This is a day of reflection and prayer for the nation's sins, marked by church services and religious observances.
- Christmas Day (December 25th): Christmas in Papua New Guinea is celebrated with church services, feasts, and traditional customs. It is a time for family gatherings and gift-giving.
- Boxing Day (December 26th): Boxing Day follows Christmas and is a time for relaxation, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the holiday season.
- Cultural Shows (various dates): Papua New Guinea is known for its vibrant cultural diversity. Throughout the year, various regions and communities host cultural shows and festivals to showcase their traditions, dances, and arts.
- Papua New Guinea Day (September 16th): This day marks the country's independence and is celebrated with parades, cultural performances, and displays of national pride.
These public holidays in Papua New Guinea reflect the nation's cultural mosaic, historical milestones, and the influence of Christianity. They provide opportunities for both reflection and celebration, fostering a sense of unity and pride among Papua New Guineans.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Remembrance Day of the Late First Prime Minister||February 26||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Holy Saturday||March 30||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Sunday||March 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|