New Zealand Holidays 2013
In New Zealand, people get to celebrate holidays which are national and also the provincial holidays depending on the specific province. Holidays like the Christmas are mondayised meaning that if they happen to fall on a weekend, then the holiday will be moved to the following Monday. Not all holidays are mondayised. The 2013 calendar has several holidays and events which get to be celebrated by the citizens. The list of all holidays present in the 2013 New Zealand calendar is as follows:
- Tuesday 1st – new years day
This is the first day in the Gregorian calendar of the country and people celebrate it by holding street parties and great fireworks displays. The council promotes this by organizing parties, fireworks displays and carnivals.
- Wednesday 2nd – Day after New Year
This is usually a follow up of the New Year festivities.
- Wednesday 6th – Waitangi day (national)
This is a day where the people celebrate the signing of the Waitangi treaty which took place in 1840. It marked the coming together of the Maori and the white people. The event has official celebrations which take place in Waitangi grounds.
- Friday 29th – Good Friday
The day is meant to celebrate the death of Jesus which is highly priced by the Christians and is a must celebration.
- Monday 1st – Easter Monday
This is holiday is set aside for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead after lying in the tomb for three days. It is celebrated by all the Christians and is one of the most important holidays to the Christians.
- Sunday 7th – Daylight saving ends
This day marks the end of the daylight saving season where the clocks are taken back to their original time by moving back one hour which is was initially moved forward by an hour during the beginning of the festival in September.
- Thursday 25th – ANZAC Day
This day is specially set aside to honor all those people who died in the service of the country. It also honors the service people who managed to return back to the country. It specifically honors those people who died during the Gallipoli campaign.
- Monday 3rd – queen’s birthday
This day is used in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II birthday. It usually takes place in the first Monday of June and also acts as an opening for the ski season.
- Sunday 29th – Daylight saving starts
This marks the beginning of the daylight saving season. People set their clocks one hour ahead from 2 to 3 a.m. giving more time for the sun.
- Monday 28th- labor day
This is a day for the workers. There are usually parades which are colorful and remind them of their rights.
- Wednesday 25th – Christmas Day
This is a public holiday which is celebrated throughout the nation. Most towns have Santa parades and the shops are highly decorated.
- Thursday 26th – boxing day.
This is a day following the Christmas.
New Zealand is an island country nestled in the southwest part of the Pacific Ocean, just 1,500 km east of the Australian continent. The country is made up of mainly two large islands and several smaller islets. Aside from being the home to over 4.5 million locals, New Zealand is a popular tourist destination since the islands are filled with beautiful sights and natural wonders. When it comes to the culture, the way of life in New Zealand is a mix of Polynesian, British and Irish culture. There are certain holidays that are present and celebrated in New Zealand alone. Here is a list of the official holidays that will be commemorated this 2013.
• January 1, New Year’s Day – New Zealand is one of the very first countries in the world that will celebrate New Year’s Day. This is because of its geographical location. New Zealand is situated near the International Date Line. New Zealanders celebrate New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve like most western countries. People use these two days to relax, visit their friends and families and join small parties for the countdown for New Year’s. All public offices will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Schools are also closed during this time because the Christmas season lands on New Zealand’s summer break.
• January 2, Day After New Year’s Day – While most countries will resume with their daily lives after New Year’s Day, January 2 is still considered as a public holiday in New Zealand. Many locals plan trips between New Year’s Eve and Day After New Year’s Day because of the long vacation.
• January 29, Anniversary Day Auckland / Northland – This holiday is celebrated in tribute to the arrival of New Zealand’s first governor, William Hobson. Anniversary Day Auckland, like the name would suggest, is celebrated exclusively in the northern part of the country.
• February 6, Waitangi Day – Every 6th of February, New Zealanders celebrate the Waitangi Day, a public holiday that pays homage to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This treaty is considered to be the founding document of New Zealand, and it was signed on February 6, 1840. Locals in New Zealand celebrate Waitangi Day in various ways, depending on the district. At Waitangi itself, the celebration starts at dawn, when the New Zealand Navy raises the flag of New Zealand. Church services, plays and re-enactments of the signing of the treaty are common ceremonies for Waitangi Day. In other parts of New Zealand, most locals consider Waitangi Day as the perfect opportunity to hit the beach.
• April 6, Good Friday – Good Friday is a day for mourning for Christians all over the globe. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In New Zealand, Good Friday heralds the start of a four-day vacation and weekend. There are several churches in New Zealand that conduct prayer vigils during Good Friday. Many Catholic families in New Zealand fast during the Holy Week, consuming only small portions of meat, or replacing it completely with fish and vegetables.
• April 9, Easter Monday – The public holidays for the Holy Week does not end at Easter Sunday. New Zealand also celebrates Easter Monday, which is the day after the resurrection of Jesus. Several countries believe that this day is unlucky, however students and employees alike get to have the chance to have an extra holiday to relax and reunite with loved ones since schools and offices are closed.
• April 25, ANZAC Day – ANZAC Day is a holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the Gallipoli Peninsula. The ANZAC soldiers arrived in 1915 during World War 1. ANZAC Day is a public holiday in New Zealand, and it is during this day when New Zealanders remember the service that was rendered by their fellow countrymen who died during the war.
• June 4, Queen’s Birthday – The Queen’s Birthday (or King’s Birthday, if a male monarch is in rule) is celebrated on the first Monday of June. In 2013, the Queen’s Birthday will be on the 4th of June. Since the Queen’s Birthday is considered to be a public holiday, this day thus becomes a part of a long weekend. Schools, offices (private and public) and several businesses are closed on this day. Aside from the military services, locals look forward for the release of the Queen’s Honor’s list on this day.
• October 22, Labour Day – Every 4th Monday of the month of October, New Zealanders celebrate Labour Day. Just like in most countries that honor Labour Day, this holiday is meant to pay homage to employees around the country. During Labour Day, locals would relax and enjoy their free time. Many use this day as an opportunity to go on trips. In New Zealand, Labour Day was first celebrated on the second Wednesday of October but it was moved in 1910.
• December 25, Christmas Day – In New Zealand, Christmas Day is considered to be a statutory public holiday. Schools and offices around the country are closed on this day. During Christmas Day, friends and family members will exchange gifts and gather for a special Christmas meal or dinner. Since Christmas Day is celebrated during the summer season in New Zealand, many locals and tourists spend their Christmas in resorts or pools.
• December 26, Boxing Day – Boxing Day is a holiday that is celebrated in countries that belong in the Commonwealth of Nations. According to tradition, employers will provide gifts or food to their employees in preparation for the New Year. These gifts were presented in boxes, which is where the holiday got its name.