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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Tuvalu. Please scroll down to view.

Tuvalu is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. The country consists of three reef islands and six atolls for a total land mass of less than 10 square miles. Tuvalu is a Polynesian island and was formerly known as the Ellice Islands.

Tuvalu is a parliamentary democracy but still views Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. Since the Queen does not live within the borders of their country, a representative is appointed by the Queen, known as a Governor, to act on her behalf. The Governor and the parliament have the final authority for establishing public holidays in the country.

Tuvalu celebrates 11 public holidays each year. These holidays are non-working holidays and are regulated under the Public Holiday Act of Tuvalu. Public holiday laws state that any holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday shall be automatically observed on the following Monday. The only exception to this law is if the public holiday is October 2 or December 26. If either of these days fall on a Sunday, the law states that the following Monday and Tuesday shall be observed as public holidays.

Each of the islands or atolls are also given a public holiday that is specific to their island. These celebrations are only acknowledged on these islands.

Tuvalu law states that all public holidays are non-working days. If an employee needs to work due to the nature of their job, they are only permitted to work for two hours prior to 8 am or for two hours after 4 pm on the holiday. Businesses which do not comply with this law are given a fine by the government.

The government of Tuvalu is also granted the right in their Public Holiday Laws to authorise one-time public holidays for whatever reason they believe is necessary. It is not unusual for one or more of these one-time holidays to occur each year. The government publishes the official dates for the eleven holidays and separate island holidays at the end of each year for the following year.

Island Specific and Cultural Holidays

There are many celebrations which occur throughout the islands of Tuvalu that are based on Polynesian beliefs and beliefs that are specific to each island or linguistic group. The government of Tuvalu acknowledges these celebrations but doe3s not recognize them as public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Holiday
13 MarMonCommonwealth Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
15 AprSatHoly Saturday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
8 MayMonAso ote Tala Lei /
Gospel Day
10 JunSatQueen's Birthday
7 AugMonNational Children's Day
1 OctSunIndependence Day
2 OctMonIndependence Day Holiday
3 OctTueIndependence Day Holiday
13 NovMonHeir to the Throne Day /
Prince of Wales' Birthday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day