Constitution Day in Fiji

In Fiji, Constitution Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on September 7th. This holiday marks the day when the Fijian Constitution went into effect on this date in 2013. This holiday is a public holiday that’s always observed on a weekday. If the date of the holiday happens to fall on a weekend, then the holiday is observed the following Monday instead of its actual date.

It’s a holiday when many people have the day off and most non-essential government offices, businesses, and schools are closed. The one thing that should be known about this holiday is that it doesn’t celebrate Fiji’s first constitution, but instead celebrates the fourth one created in the country.

Observing Constitution Day In Fiji

In 1970, Fiji would draft its constitution after gaining independence from Great Britain. Although this was a momentous occasion in the country’s history, this constitution wouldn’t be the last one created by Fiji. In 1990, they would create another constitution and this was then followed by ones in 1997 and in 2013.

And Fiji would create another constitution in 2016. This constitution wasn’t without its detractors, however. This holiday was created to inform the public about the new provisions in this constitution and do it while giving the general population a day off.

Observing Constitution Day In Fiji

This holiday is observed in a number of different ways in Fiji. Not only is there a public outreach campaign to enlighten the public about Fiji’s constitution, but there are also numerous public celebrations. This includes a parade that features dancers, marching bands, and floats.

There are also speeches given by the Prime Minister and President of Fiji. It’s also a day when people get together with friends and family for communal meals and parties. And because it’s a public holiday, plenty of people have the day off to enjoy the day.

Where is it celebrated?
Fiji (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
September 7 Thursday
Next year (2024)
September 7 Saturday
Last year (2022)
September 7 Wednesday