Constitution Day in Palau

Constitution Day in Palau is a holiday that commemorates the country’s adoption of its constitution and the creation of its government. In 1981, Palau adopted its constitution and based the structure of its government on that of the U.S. Celebrations of this holiday are held across the country, but most of the major public events take place in Ngerulmud and Koror.

A surprising fact about this country’s constitution is that it is the only one in the world that bans nuclear weapons, tests, and nuclear energy production. Its constitution also prohibits biological and gas weapons. This holiday is observed annually in Palau on July 9th.

History Of The Constitution Of Palau

The Constitution of Palau, known in Palauan as “Uchetemel a llach er a beluu er a Belau,” was first adopted by the Palau Constitutional Convention, which was in effect from January 28th through April 2nd, 1979.

This constitution was then ratified on July 9, 1980, by the Third Constitution Referendum. It went into effect on January 1, 1981. In 2005, the Second Constitutional Convention certified the proposed amendments to this constitution, which were voted on by a majority of delegates on July 15th.

The holiday was created shortly after the creation of the Palau Constitution and has been observed on July 9th every year since then. It is a holiday that allows citizens of the country to reflect on their country’s history and its future direction.

Observing Constitution Day In Palau

Ngerulmud and Koror are where the main celebrations of this holiday are focused. On this day, citizens listen to political speeches by their elected officials, attend special events that focus on the history of the country’s constitution, and use this holiday as a general day off from work.

Where is it celebrated?
Palau (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
July 9 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
July 9 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
July 9 Sunday