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Tongan Public Holiday Amendment Act 2013 Gazetted

Source: Tonga Ministry of Information and Communications (Nuku'alofa)
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013


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.

Last month (2013-06-21), Tonga's Legislative Assembly 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.

The aforementioned amendments specifically amend the "Lao (Fakatonutonu) ki he Ngaahi 'Aho Malolo Faka-Pule'anga 2010" which was passed by the Tongan Legislative Assembly, 3 years ago (2010-04-08), and moves the date of some mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday, as well as last summer's announcement (2012-10-28 and 2012-09-12) 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.

As per the amended version of Section 2 of the Tongan Public Holidays Act: "provided that the Birthday of the reigning Sovereign of Tonga and the Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga shall be celebrated on the day it falls, unless it falls on a Sunday in which case it would be celebrated on the next following Monday".

The effect of these amendments on the list of official 2013 public holidays had been foreseen in the in the list of non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2013. Tonga, released by Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications, earlier this year (2013-01-04).


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