Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Tonga. Please scroll down to view.
The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago that is located in the southern portion of the Pacific Ocean known as Oceania. Tonga consists of 169 islands, but only 36 are inhabited. Of these 36 islands, over 90 percent of the population lives on the main island where the capital city is located.
Tonga currently celebrates 11 national holidays each year. National holidays are regulated under the Tonga Public Holidays Act which was revised in 1988. This law establishes the 11 national holidays and grants the right to the King to declare one-time official holidays throughout the year at his discretion.
It is believed that national holidays are only non-working days in Tonga. There are no laws requiring employers to provide payment to employees for national holidays or premium pay rates for those who work on these dates. For employees that do work on national holidays, days off in lieu of the holiday are granted.
The Public Holiday Act also establishes the right of the King to declare that all non-essential businesses close on specific dates. Under the guidelines of the law, the King will make these declarations prior to the holiday. Businesses that remain open during this time are subjected to a fine.
Holidays that occur on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday. However, even though Saturday is considered a non-working day, any holiday that occurs on a Saturday remains on that date.
The coronation day of the current king is also deemed a national holiday under Tonga law. However, the current king was crowned on his birthdate, also a national holiday. Because of this, Tonga has added ANZAC Day to their register of national holidays. In the future, this will change.
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|25 Apr||Tue||ANZAC Day|
|4 Jun||Sun||Emancipation Day|
|5 Jun||Mon||Emancipation Day (Observed)|
|4 Jul||Tue||King Tupou VI's Birthday|
|17 Sep||Sun||Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala|
|18 Sep||Mon||Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala (Observed)|
|4 Nov||Sat||Tonga National Day|
|6 Nov||Mon||Tonga National Day Holiday|
|4 Dec||Mon||King Tupou I Day|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Boxing Day|