The National Day of Trinidad and Tobago is on the 31 August (Independence Day, from the United Kingdom 1962). Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago is however celebrated as a public holiday on the 24th September each year being the date when the first Parliament met. Below is a list of public holidays in the country.
National Day of Trinidad and Tobago
The National Day of Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated on the 31st August. It is also known as Independence Day, as it marks the country’s independence from Great Britain on August 31, 1962. The country became a British colony in 1802 until after World War II when the country began to move towards independence.
The country was granted self-government in 1950. This was after of constitutional changes as well as negotiations. the country finally gained full independence in 1962. On National Day, Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its history, culture, and achievements with parades, fireworks, and other festive events. It is a public holiday, and many businesses and government offices are closed.
Public Holidays in Trinidad and Tobago
Here are the public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Carnival Monday – Monday before Ash Wednesday*
- Carnival Tuesday – Tuesday before Ash Wednesday*
- Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day – March 30th
- Good Friday – Friday before Easter Sunday*
- Easter Sunday – Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st*
- Easter Monday – Monday following Easter Sunday*
- Indian Arrival Day – May 30th
- Corpus Christi – Thursday after Trinity Sunday*
- Labour Day – June 19th
- Emancipation Day – August 1st
- Independence Day – August 31st
- Republic Day – September 24th
- Christmas Day – December 25th*
- Boxing Day – December 26th*
These holidays follow a date based on the lunar calendar or religious observances. See also the Suriname National Day.