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Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day 2025 and 2026 in Tonga

Every 4 June is Emancipation Day in Tonga to commemorate the date in 1862 when serfdom was abolished by Tonga’s first Christian king, George Tupuo I.

20252 JunMonEmancipation Day Holiday
20268 JunMonEmancipation Day Holiday
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It was on 4 June, 1862, that the island of Vavau in present day Tonga abolished “serfdom”. This is much akin to the abolish of slavery in other parts of the world, and spelled the end of virtual ownership of commoners by chiefs.

Emancipation Day also comes at the end of the three day long Haapai Festival in the Haapai Island Group, between Tongatapu and Vavau. Haapai is a very friendly, colourful, and captivating celebration, and Emancipation Day caps off the whole event with a fitting culmination.

Previous Years

20243 JunMonEmancipation Day Holiday
20234 JunSunEmancipation Day
5 JunMonEmancipation Day Holiday