Source: 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.
King Tupou V died last spring (23-Mar-2012) and after a mourning period, the Crown Prince was married (02-Jul-2012) leading to a switch in the dates of the reigning King's official birthday, and an uncertainty as to the date of the new Crown Prince's birthday holiday, an uncertainty which was partially removed last month (15-Aug-2012).
Interestingly, the government's aforementioned announcement states that "His Majesty's Cabinet declares that the 17th September of every year shall be observed a public holiday" which is not the understanding that we have from talking to Tongan officials.
For one thing, the date that we have been told would henceforth be mark the Official Birthday of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a ‘Ulukalala, is September 16 (with a day in lieu on the following Monday, when it falls on a Sunday, as it does in 2012). In addition, there is nothing to indicate that this public holiday would not follow the new rules regulating Tongan public holidays (19-May-2010), and which moves the date of some mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday.
In any event, the difference would only show-up in 2015.
Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
• Tonga bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
bank holidays and public holidays news updates (September 2012)
Tonga 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Tonga 2020 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Tonga 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
Tonga 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
Tonga 2023 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2013-09-12: Tongan New Public Holiday September 17
• 2013-07-05: Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2013 Gazetted
• 2013-06-21: Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2013
• 2012-10-28: Tongan Public Holidays Clarification
• 2012-08-15: Tongan September Public Holidays Update
• 2012-07-02: Tongan Public Holidays July 4 and 12
• 2012-03-23: Tongan Public Holidays March 26-27
• 2010-05-19: Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2010 Gazetted