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Constitution Day

Constitution Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Niue

Niue celebrates its Constitution Day on 19 October. This is one of only a handful of public holidays in Niue and is a very important patriotic celebration to locals.

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Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Niue is technically independent despite being in “free association with” New Zealand. That essentially means it governs itself internally but relies on New Zealand to handle its foreign affairs and national defence. Niue can leave or stay in the association as it pleases.

After a referendum held on 19 October in 1974, Niue became self-governing and gained its own constitution. That is the reason for the date and name of the holiday. This is the closest thing in Niue to Independence Day, so everyone uses it as a chance to take pride in their island’s long, local heritage.

Early in the morning on Constitution Day, the flag of Niue is raised ceremonially, along with the flag of New Zealand. This symbolises the solidarity of the two nations. Niue’s prime minister then gives a patriotic speech. Afterward, many take part in festive activities, feast, and spend time with family.