Public Holidays

Public Holidays in Fiji


In Fiji, several official public holidays are recognised, to celebrate the nation’s cultural diversity and religious traditions. 

All banks and embassies are closed on public holidays, in addition to some local shops and facilities. However, the majority of resorts and hotels offer full services during these periods without additional surcharge. 



Fiji Day

National Fiji Day occurs on October 10 every year to commemorate the day when Fiji gained political independence from Great Britain in 1970. There is a new theme every year to organise festive events, which traditionally involves religious and cultural ceremonies. Most resorts also offer special events and celebrations if your stay falls on this holiday.


Diwali Festival

Diwali is a prominent Hindu festival, dedicated to the victory of light over darkness, hence the attribution Festival of Lights. Celebratory customs involve adorning houses, temples and other buildings in Fiji with thousands of lights. Candles, oil lamps, lanterns and fireworks are also heavily prevalent during the festival period.


National Sports Day

Established in 2014, this holiday recognises the contribution of sport towards Fiji’s national development and honours the country’s sporting heroes. Fiji’s most popular sport is rugby union, however football (soccer), golf, cricket, surfing, sailing and boxing are also popular. Expect a variety of activities and events organised for the day, in an effort to encourage national participation from all ages, genders and races through sports across all sectors in society. 

Public Holidays in Fiji - 2017

Some public holiday dates will vary from year to year, and holidays that fall on Sunday are generally observed the following Monday.
New Year’s Day
Sunday, 1 January
Good Friday
Friday, 14 April
Easter Saturday
Saturday, 15 April
Easter Monday
Monday, 17 April
National Sports Day
Monday, 26 June
Constitution Day
Thursday, 7 September
Fiji Day
Tuesday, 10 October
Diwali (Festival of Lights)
Monday, 30 October
Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
(Milad un Nabi)
SFriday, 1 December
Christmas Day
Monday, 25 December
Boxing Day
Tuesday, 26 December

Interesting Fact

Dedicated Public Holidays

Fiji’s major religions - Christianity, Hinduism and Muslim - each have a dedicated public holiday.

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