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Tonga Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Tonga public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of September 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Tonga public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Tonga public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Sep
  • 15
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  • Tongan Public Holiday September 19

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The government of Tonga has issued a communiqué declaring a non-working public holiday in Tonga, on Thursday, September 19, 2019, on the date of the funeral of the late Prime Minister of Tonga, Akilisi Pohiva.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • Tongan 2019 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications in conjunction with the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a communiqué announcing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2019.
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2018

  • Oct
  • 31
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  • Tongan Public Holiday November 4-5

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué confirming that the date of the upcoming Constitution Day/Tonga National Day annual non-working public holiday in Tonga will be Monday, November 5, 2018, as per the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010).
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  • Sep
  • 14
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  • Tongan Public Holiday September 17

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, September 17, 2018, would be marked as an official non-working public holiday in Tonga "for the 33rd birthday of Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala".
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  • Jan
  • 5
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  • Tongan 2018 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications in conjunction with the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a communiqué announcing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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2017

  • Nov
  • 27
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  • Tongan Public Holiday November 29

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Wednesday, November 29, 2017, would be marked as an official non-working public holiday in Tonga "to mark the deeds of their rugby league team at the Rugby League World Cup".
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  • Oct
  • 24
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  • Tonga 2017-2018 Year-End Public Holidays

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué ("Government Christmas holidays start Dec 20") announcing that the Cabinet of the Government of Tonga had once again declared a 2-week period of additional public sector holidays in Tonga, from Wednesday, December 20, 2017, until Tuesday, January 2, 2018, inclusively.
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  • Feb
  • 25
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  • Tongan Public Holiday March 1st

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, would be marked as an official non-working public holiday in Tonga in honour of the Queen Mother, Halaevalu Mata’aho, who died last Sunday.
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2016

  • Dec
  • 24
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  • Tongan 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications in conjunction with the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a communiqué announcing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2017.
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  • Oct
  • 26
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  • Tonga 2016-2017 Year-End Public Holidays

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué ("Government Christmas holidays start Dec 21") announcing that the Cabinet of the Government of Tonga had once again declared a 2-week period of additional public sector holidays in Tonga, from Wednesday, December 21, 2016, until Sunday, January 1, 2017, inclusively.
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  • Jul
  • 1
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  • Tongan Public Holiday July 4

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, July 4, 2016, would be marked as an official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the 57th birthday of King Tupou VI.
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  • Jun
  • 3
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  • Tongan Public Holiday June 6

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that Monday, June 6, 2016, was an official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the 154th Tongan Emancipation Day.
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  • May
  • 30
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  • Tongan Public Holiday June 22

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that the Tongan Cabinet had declared Wednesday, June 22, 2016, as another one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the 150th Anniversary of Tupou College.
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2015

  • Nov
  • 19
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  • Tongan 2016 Public Holidays Gazetted

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a gazette publication notice of its previously-announced list of official annual non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • Nov
  • 12
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  • Tongan 2016 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications in conjunction with the Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a communiqué announcing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Tonga 2015-2016 Year-End Public Holidays

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué ("Public service holidays start Dec 22") announcing that the Cabinet of the Government of Tonga had once again declared a 2-week period of additional public sector holidays in Tonga, from Tuesday, December 22, 2015, until Sunday, January 3, 2016, inclusively.
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  • Sep
  • 7
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  • Tongan Public Holiday November 2

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué confirming that the date of the upcoming Constitution Day/Tonga National Day annual non-working public holiday in Tonga will be Monday, November 2, 2015, as per the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010).
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  • Jun
  • 13
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  • Tongan Coronation Public Holiday July 7

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué that the Tongan Cabinet had declared Tuesday, July 7, 2015, as another one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the coronation of King Tupou VI.
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  • Apr
  • 22
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  • Tongan April 27 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué ruling-out the declaration of Monday, April 27, 2015, as a day in lieu non-working public holiday in Tonga due to the annual, April 25, ANZAC Day non-working public holiday of Tonga falling on a Saturday in 2015.
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  • Feb
  • 26
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  • Tongan Public Holiday March 2

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué that the Tongan Cabinet has declared Monday, March 2, 2015, as a one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the "appointment of His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church".
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2014

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • Tonga 2014-2015 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué ("Christmas Vacation 2014/2015 for the Public Service") announcing that the Cabinet of the Government of Tonga had once again declared a 2-week period of additional public sector holidays in Tonga, from Monday, December 22, 2014, until Friday, January 2, 2015, inclusively.
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  • Dec
  • 20
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  • Tongan 2015 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications in conjunction with the The Prime Minister's Office of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, has issued a communiqué announcing its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the upcoming calendar year 2015.
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  • Nov
  • 26
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  • Tongan November 27 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's supervisor of elections, Pita Vuki, has ruled-out the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Tonga on Thursday, November 27, 2014, on account of that day's legislative elections in Tonga.
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  • Jan
  • 2
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  • Tongan 2014 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué announcing the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2014.
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2013

  • Nov
  • 25
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  • Tongan Public Holiday December 2

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué, "in view of the number of enquiries received from the public", clarifying that the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark King Tupou I Day, is Monday, December 2, 2013.
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  • Nov
  • 22
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  • Tonga Adds 2013 Year-End Public Holidays

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that the Cabinet of the Government of Tonga had declared a 2-week period of additional public sector holidays in Tonga, from Monday, December 23, 2013, until Friday, January 3, 2014, inclusively.
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  • Sep
  • 12
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  • Tongan New Public Holiday September 17

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Ministry of Information and Communications has confirmed that Tuesday, September 17, 2013, would once again be an official public holiday in Tonga to mark the Official Birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a ‘Ulukalala.
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  • Jul
  • 5
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  • Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2013 Gazetted

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The recently-passed Amendments to the Public Holidays Act of 2013, changing the rules used to determine the date of observance of the Tongan non-working public holidays for the Birthday of the reigning Sovereign of Tonga and for the Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga, have been gazetted.
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  • Jun
  • 21
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  • Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2013

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Legislative Assembly has passed the Amendments to the Public Holidays Act of 2013, changing the rules used to determine the date of observance of the Tongan non-working public holidays for the Birthday of the reigning Sovereign of Tonga and for the Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga.
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  • Jan
  • 4
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  • Tongan 2013 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué announcing the official list of non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2013.
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2012

  • Oct
  • 28
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  • Tongan Public Holidays Clarification

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a statement clarifying the status and observance of Tongan public holidays that fall on a weekend as well as of the new public holiday for the official birthday of Crown Prince of Tonga (Tupouto'a ‘Ulukalala).
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  • Sep
  • 12
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  • Tongan Public Holiday September 17

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Ministry of Information and Communications has announced that the Tongan Cabinet has declared Monday, September 17, 2012, as an official public holiday to mark the Official Birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a ‘Ulukalala.
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  • Aug
  • 15
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  • Tongan September Public Holidays Update

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Ministry of Information and Communications has published a revised list of official non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2012, following last spring's death of King Tupou V.
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  • Jul
  • 2
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  • Tongan Public Holidays July 4 and 12

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Cabinet has declared Wednesday, July 4, 2012, and Thursday, July 12, 2012, as additional, one-off, non-working public holidays throughout Tonga.
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  • Mar
  • 23
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  • Tongan Public Holidays March 26-27

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué announcing that, following the death of King Tupou V, Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27, 2012, had been declared as additional non-working public holidays throughout Tonga.
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  • Jan
  • 6
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  • Tongan 2012 Public Holidays Announced

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué announcing the official list of non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2012.
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2011

  • Nov
  • 3
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  • Tongan Public Holiday November 7

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - Tonga's Prime Minister's Office has issued a communiqué announcing that the upcoming, November 4, Tonga National Day - Constitution Day, non-working public holiday would be observed as a non-working public holiday on Monday, November 7, 2011.
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  • Jul
  • 28
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  • Tonga Declares August 1st Public Holiday

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Prime Minister's office in Nuku'alofa has announced that King George Tupou V's official birthday will be celebrated with a public holiday on Monday, August 1, 2011.
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  • May
  • 30
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  • Tonga Announces June 6 Public Holiday

    Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa) - The government of Tonga has announced that the date of the upcoming Emancipation Day public holiday would be Monday, June 6, 2011, instead of Friday, June 4, 2011.
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2010

  • Jun
  • 1
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  • Tonga Moves June 4 Public Holiday

    Tonga Chamber of Commerce (Nuku'alofa) - The government of Tonga has announced that the recently gazetted "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010) would take effect immediately, meaning that the date of the upcoming Emancipation Day public holiday will be Monday, June 7, 2010, instead of the previously announced date of Friday, June 4, 2010.
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  • May
  • 19
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  • Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2010 Gazetted

    The Information Unit (Prime Minister's Office) - Tonga's recently-passed "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010) has been signed into law by Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita.
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  • Apr
  • 8
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  • Tonga Votes Public Holidays Act Amendments

    Parliament of Tonga (Nuku'alofa) - The Tongan Legislative Assembly has passed the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010) which moves the date of some of Tonga's official public holidays, when they fall in the middle of the week, to the nearest Monday.
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2009

  • Jul
  • 23
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  • Tonga Declares August 3rd Public Holiday

    Matangi Tonga - Tonga's Privy Council has declared Monday, August 3, 2009, as a day in lieu public holiday to commemorate HM King George Tupou V's 61st birthday, which falls on a annually on August 1st.
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2007

  • Jul
  • 11
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  • Tonga Prepares For New Public Holiday

    Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (Suva) - Tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, 2009, Tonga will celebrate its new July 12 public holiday for the first time.
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  • Feb
  • 2
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  • Tonga Heilala Festival On New Public Holiday

    Matangi Tonga - The Tonga Visitors Bureau Office yesterday confirmed that the 2007 Heilala Festival would run from June 30 to July 13.
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2006

  • Dec
  • 21
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  • Tonga Announces Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Mantagi Tonga Online - The Tongan Government will officially close down for its Christmas and New Year holiday on Friday December 22.
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  • Dec
  • 8
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  • Tonga Adds 2 New Public Holidays

    The Information Unit (Prime Minister's Office) - The Tonga Privy Council has approved 2 new public holidays and canceled 2 existing public holidays. From 2007, onwards, July 12th will be observed as the Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga, and August 1st will be the Official Birthday of the reigning Sovereign of Tonga.
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  • Nov
  • 30
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  • Tonga Postpones Coronation Public Holiday

    Matangi Tonga - The coronation of Tonga's King Siaosi Tupou V has been postponed for 12 months, following the destruction of central Nuku'alofa by riot and fires on November 16.
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  • Nov
  • 14
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  • Tonga Royal Public Holidays Updates

    Matangi - Following the death of the late king, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, it has been said unofficially that July 4 will no longer be a public holiday in Tonga. The birthday of current King George Tupou V is May 4th, and it will probably be made into a public holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 1
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  • Tonga National Day Public Holiday Change

    Newswire (Auckland) - Tonga's government says November 4 is to be designated as Tonga National Day.
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  • Sep
  • 18
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  • Tonga Declares September 19 Public Holiday

    Pacific Islands News Association (Suva) - Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, 2006, has been declared a public holiday in Tonga to allow its citizens to attend the state funeral of the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV in the capital, Nukualofa.
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2002

  • Jun
  • 9
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  • Tonga Declares June 21 One-Off Public Holiday

    Pacific Magazine - The Tongan Government has declared June 21, 2002, as a one-off public holiday to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the Anglican Church in the Kingdom of Tonga.
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See also: Tonga bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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