Heir To The Throne’s Birthday
Tuvalu is an independent island nation that’s located in the South Pacific and within the greater British Commonwealth. It consists of 9 islands that are either sparsely populated or are WWII historic sites. The nation has a population of approximately 11,700+ people and its government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.
One of their big holidays is Heir to the Throne’s Birthday, a public holiday that’s observed on the second Monday in November each year. As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates the birthday of the heir to the British throne, which at the writing of this holiday is Prince Charles of Wales.
The History Of Heir To The Throne’s Birthday In Tuvalu
Tuvalu was previously known as the Ellice Islands and it has been occupied for over 3,000-years. The first Europeans to occupy it, however, didn’t show up until the 16th century. This is when Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana sighted the archipelago in 1568.
In 1892, the archipelago became a British Protectorate and from 1916 through 1975 was a part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. This close association with the British government has resulted in the island now celebrating many British holidays, including this one. Because Prince Charles was born on November 14th, 1948, this holiday is observed on the second Monday in November annually.
Observing Heir To The Throne’s Birthday In Tuvalu
Because this is a public holiday, many people have the day off and schools and businesses are closed for the day. Government agencies may also be closed, but they may also remain open if it’s important for them to do so.
On this holiday, people celebrate the day with birthday celebrations, musical events, dancing rituals, and cultural festivals. It’s also a day on which politicians give speeches. Tuvalu food is also extremely important on this day and features foods such as pork, breadfruit, coconut, bananas, and other ingredients.