Start Planning
Father Lini Day
Vanuatu

Father Lini Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Vanuatu

In the Pacific-island nation of Vanuatu, every 21 February is Father Lini Day. The day is meant to honour Walter Lini, who was not only an Anglican priest but also the first prime minister of the nation.

YearDateDayHoliday
202121 FebSunFather Lini Day
22 FebMonFather Lini Day Holiday
202221 FebMonFather Lini Day
202321 FebTueFather Lini Day
202421 FebWedFather Lini Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Lini was the main leader who pushed for independence for Vanuatu, at a time when the country was ruled jointly by France and the U.K. Once independence was finally achieved in 1980, Walter Lini was elected the first prime minister. However, he retired from office when his own party split up in 1991, and he passed away on his sick bed on 21 February, 1999. The day of his death became the date of the holiday now held in his honour.

Walter Lini’s time in office created quite a bit of controversy. This was because he had friendly relations with certain socialistic nations and because he opposed nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific, which many Western nations felt was necessary. But despite these issues, he is remembered in a positive way in Vanuatu. Every 21 February, church services are held to remember him, and a wreath will be ceremonially laid at his grave site.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202021 FebFriFather Lini Day
201921 FebThuFather Lini Day
201821 FebWedFather Lini Day
201721 FebTueFather Lini Day