Birthday Of Crown Prince Tupouto’a-‘Ulukalala

In the Kingdom of Tonga, the 17th of September is a public holiday. This holiday is called the Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a-‘Ulukalala, and it’s a day of celebration for the country. On the calendar, this day is always celebrated on the day it falls, but there are exceptions to that rule.

If the holiday falls on a Sunday, then celebrations take place not on that day but on the following Monday. This non-working public holiday is a day off for the general population, and non-essential businesses and government offices are closed. Although there is an official birthday celebration for the Crown Prince, there aren’t public celebrations of this holiday in Tonga.

The History of the Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a-‘Ulukalala

Siaosi Manumataongo ʻAlaivahamamaʻo ʻAhoʻeitu Konstantin Tukuʻaho was born on September 17, 1985, in the Republic of Tonga. In March of 2012, he became the heir apparent to the throne when his father, Tupou VI, ascended to the throne.

On July 12, 2012, the Crown Prince married his double second cousin, Sinaitakala Fakafanua. The 17th of September has been celebrated as a holiday since 2012 in Tonga.

Observing the Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a-‘Ulukalala

For the Crown Prince of Tonga, there are official birthday celebrations in his honor that are attended by high-ranking officials and royal family members. Although it is a public holiday in Tonga, there aren’t widespread and large events celebrated. There are some smaller celebrations, but none are attended on a widespread basis.

However, it is a public holiday in the country, so businesses, schools, and non-essential government offices are closed for the day. It’s also a day when many people attend social gatherings with their own family members. This is a day to enjoy as a day off work and to spend with loved ones.

Where is it celebrated?
Tonga (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 17 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
September 17 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
September 17 Sunday