Otago Anniversary Day

Otago Anniversary Day is a public holiday observed in Otago, New Zealand, annually on the third Monday in March. This holiday commemorates the day on March 23, 1848, when the first of two sailing ships chartered by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland brought settlers to Otago.

In 1853, the Otago Province was created. Including nationwide and provincial holidays, this day is one of 42 holidays observed in New Zealand.

The History of Otago Anniversary Day

It has been established that this holiday commemorates the arrival of the ship “John Wickliffe” on March 23, 1848, at Koputai and the establishment of the town of Otago. The holiday commemorating this event came about as a result of the Holidays Act of 1981. This act allows each province to celebrate the founding days of the first colonists to reach the province.

Facts About New Zealand

Below are some facts about New Zealand that we found and thought would be appropriate to include here.

  • New Zealand was the first country to approve women’s suffrage, which was granted in 1893.
  • New Zealand is the only country in the world that allows Hobbits to be placed on its legal tender.
  • Almost a third of New Zealand is a national reserve.
  • For every person living in New Zealand, there are at least 10 sheep.
  • New Zealand has been inhabited by humans for only 800 years. The first humans were the Maori.

Observing Otago Anniversary Day

On this holiday, most schools and businesses in Otago are closed. There are also usually ceremonies or other formal events to mark this holiday. Otago Anniversary Day can be observed by using the hashtag #OtagoAnniversaryDay on social media accounts.

Where is it celebrated?
New Zealand (Local holiday) - Otago
When is it?
This year (2024)
March 25 Monday
Next year (2025)
March 24 Monday
Last year (2023)
March 20 Monday