10 October 2017
When is Fiji Day?
Fiji Day is the National Day of Fiji and is celebrated on 10 October. If 10 October falls on a weekend, the holiday may be moved to a weekday.
Fiji Day marks the anniversary of both Fiji’s cession to the United Kingdom in 1874 and its attainment of independence in 1970.
Fiji was first visited by Europeans by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1643 while he was searching for the fabled Great Southern Continent.
The British took control of the islands as the Colony of Fiji on 10 October 1874. Fiji became an independent sovereign state on 10 October 1970 when its colonial status was removed.
The week leading up to Fiji Day is known as Fiji Week and consists of a series of religious and cultural events that celebrate Fiji’s diversity.
Did you know?
Fiji consists of 333 islands, of which only one third are populated