Tuvalu Day

Tuvalu Day is a public and national holiday in the independent island nation that’s located within the British Commonwealth. This holiday is observed on October 1st and recognized the Tuvaluan Order of 1975 that recognized Tuvalu as a separate British dependency with its own government.

This holiday is observed as any Independence Day would be observed. It’s a day off for the general population, and many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed. It’s also a day when there are parades, festivals, and other cultural events all across the country. It’s a day of fun and a day 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 Island 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 Ellice Island should remain a colony of Great Britain or whether it should be independent. The result of this referendum was a separation of the colony. In 1975 and 1976, respectively, Tuvalu was given its own legislature and its own administrative units. It would become a fully independent state located within the British Commonwealth on October 1st, 1978.

Observing Tuvalu Day

This is a day off for the general population and many different activities are held on this day. In the capital city of Funafuti, there’s always an official flag-raising ceremony and this is followed by a parade.

In this parade are civil service workers, firefighters, and school children. There are also smaller events held all across the country that feature sporting events, music, and dancing.

Where is it celebrated?
Tuvalu (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
October 1 Sunday
Next year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
October 1 Saturday