Public Holidays in Fiji reflect the country’s cultural diversity. Each major religion in Fiji has a public holiday dedicated to it. Also Fiji’s major cities and towns hold annual carnivals, commonly called festivals, which are usually named for something relevant to the city or town, such as the Sugar Festival in Lautoka, as Lautoka’s largest and most historically important industry is sugar production.
List of important festivals and days in Fiji
|New Year’s Day
|Celebrations can continue for a week, or even a month, in some areas. It is common practice in Fiji to beat drums and shower one another with water. Fireworks and an annual street party take place in the heart of Suva, the nation’s capital, to welcome the new year. This represents one of the largest new-year celebrations in the South Pacific.
|Hindu “Festival of Colors” (not a public holiday).
|Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama (not a public holiday).
|Major Christian festival; the Friday (Good Friday) and the Sunday (Easter Sunday) are both official public holidays. There is also a Public Holiday on Easter Monday, the Monday following Easter Sunday.
|Also celebrated as Children’s Sunday by Fiji’s Methodists (not a public holiday).
|Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day
|The celebrations in honor of Fiji’s first modern statesman actually begin a week early. It is almost always celebrated on a Friday. This was formerly a public holiday, but the military-backed interim government abolished it following the military coup of 2006.
|National Youth Day
|Public Holiday celebrating the Youth of Fiji.
|Official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, former Queen of Fiji, still recognized by the chiefs as the Tui Viti, or Paramount Chief of Fiji.
|Sometime in the first half of the year, and based on the Islamic and lunar calendars
|Muslim festival celebrating after Ramadhan. The public holiday is not on the actual day of celebration due to the unpredictability of the moon’s appearance that signals the day.
|Celebrated in Nadi
|Hisbiscus Carnival/ Festival
|Celebrated in Suva
|Celebrated in Lautoka
|Friendly North Festival
|Celebrated in Labasa
|Coral Coast Festival
|Celebrated in Sigatoka
|The anniversary of both Fiji’s cession to the United Kingdom in 1874 and attainment of independence in 1970. The week leading up to Fiji Day, Fiji Week, features seven days of religious and cultural ceremonies celebrating the country’s diversity.
|Hindu “Festival of Lights”, honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The public holiday is a day of colour and celebration amongst all of Fiji’s races and creeds – not in its religious sense but for its festive and cultural aspects. Hindus in Fiji usually open their homes to other families to share in the traditional sweets and foods of Diwali in Fiji.
|BlueSky Fiji “Music Festival” charters a tropical island for an international music festival.
|The day after Christmas.