National Day Of Thanksgiving
Although the 26th of December is known as Boxing Day or Saint Stephen’s Day in many countries around the world, in the Solomon Islands, this day is known as the National Day of Thanksgiving. This is a holiday that many people observe as an extension of Christmas Eve and Christmas, and is a time for them to reflect on all of the blessings they’ve received.
It’s also a day to pray for peace and prosperity for their fellow citizens. Because this day is a public holiday, most businesses and schools are closed and the general population usually has the day off to spend with friends and family.
Interesting Facts About The Solomon Islands
We can talk about the National Day of Thanksgiving without taking some time to give everyone some interesting facts about the Solomon Islands. And so, that’s exactly what we did. We’ve gathered up the following facts that we think everyone will enjoy.
- There are about 992 islands, reefs, and atolls in the Solomon Islands.
- Only 347 islands in this island nation are populated.
- The six major islands of the Solomon Islands are Guadalcanal, Makira, Malaita, Choiseul, and New Georgia.
- Around 3,000 years ago the Lapita people appeared in the Solomon Islands.
- Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana explored the islands in 1568—becoming the first European to do so.
- During the 19th century, these islands were colonized by the United Kingdom.
- During WWII, the Solomon Islands were occupied by Japan.
- Although English is an official language of the Solomon Islands, only about 2% of the population actually speaks it.
- In the Solomon Islands, there are over 120 indigenous languages spoken.
Observing the National Day Of Thanksgiving
This holiday is observed with many of the same traditions as Christmas Day in the Solomon Islands. People will sometimes go to mass and/or have communal dinners with friends and family members. People will also enjoy Poi, Cassava Pudding, Papaya, and Yams.