Tonga public holiday

Tonga announces Public Holiday to mark Crown Prince’s birthday

The Crown Prince is the eldest son HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u.

He became the heir apparent in 2012, when his father ascended to the throne.

The Crown Prince is currently residing in Canberra, Australia with Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tukuʻaho and their three children as he studies for a Master of Diplomacy, at the Australian National University.

In 2018, he attained Master of Military and Defence accredited by ANU.

     

Tonga to observe Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is the day Tonga’s first Christian King, Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga in 1862.

This year the 4 June public holiday fell on Thursday, so it has been moved up to be observed on Monday, 8 June . This is in accordance with a Public Holiday Act, stating when holidays fall on a Thursday, Friday it will be celebrated the following Monday.

Emancipation Day represents a turning point in Tongan history as commoners were freed from the virtual ownership of chiefs. It is 158-years since that day.