Tuvalu Day

Tuvalu Day is a public and national holiday in the independent island nation located within the British Commonwealth. Observed on October 1st (and extended as a public holiday to October 2nd), this holiday was recognized by the Tuvaluan Order of 1975, which recognized Tuvalu as a separate British dependency with its own government.

This holiday is observed as any Independence Day would be. It presents days off for the general population, and many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed. There are parades, festivals, and other cultural events across the country. It’s a time for people to take pride in their country.

The History of Tuvalu Day

Tuvalu is a group of nine islands in the South Pacific that was first settled by Polynesian peoples approximately 3,000 years ago. During the 19th century, Tuvalu began to be colonized by the British Empire. They were known as the Ellice Islands, and in October of 1892, they were declared a British Protectorate.

It would remain under colonial rule until 1976. In 1974, a referendum was held to decide whether the Ellice Islands should remain a colony of Great Britain or become independent. The result of this referendum was the separation of the colony.

In 1975 and 1976, respectively, Tuvalu was given its own legislature and administrative units. It became a fully independent state within the British Commonwealth on October 1st, 1978.

Observing Tuvalu Day

The general population takes the day off, and many different activities are held. In the capital city of Funafuti, there is always an official flag-raising ceremony followed by a parade.

In this parade are civil service workers, firefighters, and schoolchildren. There are also smaller events held across the country that feature sports, music, and dancing.

Where is it celebrated?
Tuvalu (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
Next year (2025)
Last year (2023)