Yap Constitution Day in Micronesia
Observed annually on December 24th, Constitution Day is a holiday observed in the state of Yap in Micronesia. Micronesia is a federal republic that consists of four different states: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. The Yap Main Islands were first sighted by European explorers in the 16th century and were a Spanish colony from the 17th century until the end of the 19th century.
The country was then sold to Germany, along with other minor Spanish possessions in the Pacific. It would not be until the end of the 1970s that the Federated States of Micronesia would be formed and the federal constitution ratified. When that was done, each of the four states created their own—with Yap’s constitution coming into effect on December 24, 1982.
Some Interesting Facts About Yap
Below are just a few of the interesting facts we’ve uncovered about this state in the Federated States of Micronesia. Let’s take a closer look at these facts before moving on with our article.
- Yap is well known for its stone money, known as Fei or Rai. These are carved stone discs that can be up to 12 feet in diameter.
- Colonia is the capital of the State of Yap.
- In 2010, the population of Yap was approximately 11,377 people.
- Yap is composed of 134 islands and atolls spread over a 100,000 square mile area. Only about 22 of the islands in the group are occupied.
Observing Constitution Day In Yap
Because Constitution Day in Yap occurs at the same time as Christmas Eve and Christmas and is a public holiday, the people of Yap essentially receive an extended period of time off. The other states of Micronesia only have off for Christmas, but the citizens of Yap have the day before off for this holiday as well.