The National Day of Fiji is on the 10 October (Fiji Day, independence from United Kingdom 1970). Likewise the National Day of Fiji is celebrated annually on the 10th October. This celebrates the country’s independence from British colonial rule on the 10th October 1970. See National Day of England as well.
National Day of Fiji
Likewise in 1960 the country of Fiji gained self-government after the introduction of a new constitution. It was then in 1965 that the British government (National Day of the United Kingdom) agreed to Fiji’s request to grant full independence to the country. It was then over the next few years that negotiations occured to work out the details of the country’s independence.
Finally in 1970, a new constitution was introduced that provided for a democratic government, with a parliament consisting of elected representatives. This was followed on the 10th October 1970 that Fiji officially became an independent sovereign state, with the British flag lowered and the Fijian flag raised in its place.
The first prime minister of independent Fiji was Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. Fiji became a member of the United Nations on the 13th October 1970, just three days after gaining independence.
Public Holidays in Fiji
Here are the public holidays in Fiji:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi) – the date varies on the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Good Friday – the date varies every year based on the lunar calendar.
- Easter Monday – the date varies every year based on the lunar calendar.
- National Youth Day – May 4th
- Labour Day – May 6th
- Vesak Day – commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha.
- Fiji Day – October 10th
- Diwali – the date varies every year based on the lunar calendar. It celebrates the victory of good over evil.
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
It’s worth noting that some Islamic holidays, such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, are not official public holidays in Fiji.