Rennell and Bellone Province is one of nine provinces that are located in the Solomon Islands and is composed of two inhabited atolls. The first Europeans to see the Polynesian-inhabited islands were Matthew Boyd, the commander of the merchant ship, Bellona in 1793.
This province currently covers an area of 259 square miles and has a population of approximately 3,000 people. In this province, July 20th is celebrated as a public holiday called Rennell and Bellona Province Day and it’s a day that consists of sports, speeches, and processions. The date of this holiday commemorates the establishment of the local provincial government in 1993. It’s been celebrated as a holiday ever since and is also known as the Second Appointed Day.
The History Of Rennell And Bellona Province Day
Prior to the 18th century, Bella island was known as Mungiki by the native islanders and Rennell island was known as Mungava. Commander of the merchant ship Matthew Boyd renamed the small island Bellona, after his ship. The larger island would be renamed Rennel, possibly after oceanographer James Rennell. Prior to 1816, both islands were named Bellona, and the larger island wouldn’t be renamed on naval charts as Rennell until after 1816.
In 1993, Rennell and Bellona became a province of the Solomon Islands. This made them the only Polynesian province in a country that was composed of mainly Melanesian inhabitants. This province is represented by a single Parliament Member. The provincial government of Rennel and Bellona is made up of 10 different wards, and each ward is represented elected officials. This holiday is observed every year since 1993.
Observing Rennell And Bellona Province Day
This holiday is observed with political speeches and cultural events that include dancing, weaving, and other events. People also take the time to spend time with friends and family members. This is a holiday in which all residents of this province can take pride in their local government. it’s also a public holiday that’s a day off for the general population.
When is Rennell And Bellona Province Day?
|This year (2022)||July 20 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||July 20 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||July 20 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|