Public holidays in Fiji

Public holidays in Fiji reflect the country's cultural diversity. Each major religion in Fiji has a Public Holiday dedicated to it and is usually enjoyed by the nation as a whole as these days are usually those of sharing, giving and fun.

Also Fiji's major cities and towns hold annual carnivals, commonly called festivals which are usually named for something relevant to the city or town it is being held, such as the Sugar Festival in Lautoka, as Lautoka's largest and historical industry is sugar production.

Public Holidays that fall on the Weekend are usually moved to either the Friday of the preceding week or the Monday of the following week. This includes religious holidays as well, though in essence they are celebrated on the actual day.

List of important festivals and days in Fiji

Date Festival Notes
January 1 New Year's Day Celebrations can continue for a week, or even a month, in some areas. It is common practice in Fiji to beat drums and shower one another with water. Fireworks and an annual Street Party is held in the heart of Suva, the nations capital to welcome the new year and is one of the largest new year celebrations in the South Pacific.
February/March Holi Hindu "Festival of Colors" This however is not a public holiday.
March/April Ram Naumi Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama. This is also not a public holiday.
March/April Easter Major Christian festival; the Friday (Good Friday) and the Sunday (Easter Sunday) are both official public holidays. There is also a Public Holiday on Easter Monday, the Monday soon after Easter Sunday.
March/April Palm Sunday Also celebrated as Children's Sunday by Fiji's Methodists,it is not a public Holiday.
May Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day The celebrations in honor of Fiji's first modern statesman actually begin a week early. It is almost always celebrated on a Friday.
May 4 National Youth Day Public Holiday celebrating the Youth of Fiji, which comprise a large part of the population and their contributions.
June 15 Queen's Birthday Official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, former and traditional Queen of Fiji
Sometime in the first half of the year and based on the Islamic and lunar calendars. Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Muslim festival celebrating the birth of Muhammad. Public Holiday is not on the actual day of celebration due to the unpredictability of the moons appearance that signals the day.
August Bula Festival Celebrated in Nadi
August Hisbiscus Carnival/ Festival Celebrated in Suva
September Sugar Festival Celebrated in Lautoka
September Friendly North Festival Celebrated in Labasa
September Coral Coast Festival Celebrated in Sigatoka
October 10 Fiji Day The anniversary of both Fiji's cession to the United Kingdom in 1874 and attainment of independence in 1970. The week leading up to Fiji Day is called Fiji Week, a week of religious and cultural ceremonies celebrating the country's diversity.
October/November Diwali Hindu "Festival of Lights," in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The Public Holdiay is a day of colour and celebration amongst all of Fiji's races and creeds not in its religious aspect but for its festive and cultural one. Hindus in Fiji usually open their homes to other families to share in the traditional sweets and foods of Diwali in Fiji.
December 25 Christmas Christian festival, though celebrated by the country as a whole.
December 26 Boxing Day The day after Christmas.
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