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PNG Independence Day 2024: Holiday and Celebrations

On September 16, 1975, Papua New Guinea (PNG) emerged as a newly independent nation, breaking free from colonial rule. 

The day marked the culmination of years of struggle and dedication, as the people of this diverse and vibrant nation celebrated their sovereignty and the beginning of a new chapter in their history. 

Since then, the 16th of September has been a day of immense significance for Papua New Guinea and its people.

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PNG Independence Public Holiday

On Monday, 16th September, 2024, Papua New Guinea will proudly celebrate its 48th Independence Day. 

For those wondering if they'll get an extended weekend to fully participate in the festivities, there's good news. Friday, September 15th, has been declared a public holiday, allowing everyone to get into the spirit and prepare for the grand celebration. 

If you're curious about whether September 15th is indeed a holiday, we've got you covered. Just check out this article for more information. 

The long weekend promises to be a time of reflection, cultural appreciation, and unity as the nation rejoices in its remarkable journey towards independence.

PNG Independence Day 2024 - Port Moresby Celebration Venues

This year's celebration venues in Port Moresby will host a series of events guided by a set to ensure consistency and excellence across various locations. 

The participating venues remain largely unchanged from previous years, including:

  • the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), 
  • Unagi Oval, 
  • Ela Beach, 
  • Murray Barracks, 
  • Independence Boulevard, and 
  • Pacific Adventist University (PAU).

Adding Murray Barracks, Independence Boulevard, and PAU to the celebration venues marks an expansion and diversification of this year's festivities. These new locations will offer a fresh perspective on the rich cultural heritage of PNG and its journey towards independence.

For those celebrating in Port Moresby, here is a video of the top 10 things you can do in POM.

Independence Celebration in the Provinces

While the festivities in Port Moresby are a highlight, the spirit of PNG's independence celebration is not limited to the capital city alone. Throughout the country, communities and provinces come alive with vibrant displays of culture, tradition, and patriotism. The provinces, each with its unique identity, add a colourful tapestry to the nationwide celebration.

One of the most anticipated events during PNG Independence Day is the Provincial Shows. These celebrations are a showcase of the province's culture, customs, and heritage. From traditional dances and rituals to delicious local cuisine, these shows are a testament to the rich diversity that makes up the nation of Papua New Guinea.

The Goroka Show tour is a 5-day/4-night program from September 18 to 21, taking visitors to the Eastern Highlands to witness the flamboyant and colourful people at the spectacular Goroka Cultural Show. Also known as the Goroka Highlands Festival, it is the largest Sing-Sing or tribal gathering of the year, with up to 150 tribes dancing and singing for two days.

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Happy Independence Day Papua New Guinea!

As Papua New Guinea stands on the threshold of its 48th Independence Day celebration, the nation reflects on its progress, unity, and resilience. The journey from colonial rule to independence has not been without its challenges, but the strength and determination of the Papua New Guinean people have carried them through.

This year's celebrations promise to be a grand spectacle, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate their nation's heritage, culture, and freedom. It's a day when the nation comes together to rejoice in its diversity and shared identity as Papua New Guineans. 

Happy Independence Day, Papua New Guinea! May your vibrant spirit shine brightly as you march forward into a promising future.

When is 2024 National Remembrance Day and Repentance Day in PNG?

When are Remembrance Day and National Day of Repentance in PNG? This question often arises in the minds of many individuals, whether they are residents or visitors to Papua New Guinea. 

In this article, we shed light on their respective dates and the meaning behind each commemoration.

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Varirata Lookout (Port Moresby in foreground)

National Remembrance Day in PNG

National Remembrance Day, observed on the 23rd of July each year, is a significant public holiday in Papua New Guinea. 

The day is dedicated to honouring the brave men and women who lost their lives during various conflicts, particularly in World War I and World War II. It serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by Papua New Guinea's military personnel and civilians to defend their nation and preserve peace worldwide. 

On this day, ceremonies are held across the country, with wreaths laid at war memorials, and citizens observe a minute of silence to pay their respects to the fallen heroes.

To check out the Gazetted Public Holidays in PNG, click here. Or check out the tag links at the end of this article for the latest updates.


National Day of Repentance

The National Day of Repentance is another notable public holiday in Papua New Guinea, observed on the 26th of August each year. 

Unlike National Remembrance Day, this day carries a more religious significance. It is a time for the people of Papua New Guinea to engage in reflection, prayer, and penance. The day is dedicated to seeking forgiveness for past wrongdoings and transgressions, both on a personal and national level. 

Communities come together in churches and other places of worship to participate in special services, seeking reconciliation and a renewed sense of unity.

Papua New Guinea Independence Day

Independence Day is yet another important public holiday celebrated in PNG. Commemorated on the 16th of September each year, this day marks the country's independence from the Australian administration in 1975. 

It is a time of great national pride, with festivities, parades, and cultural events taking place throughout the country. 

Independence Day signifies the birth of Papua New Guinea as a sovereign nation, and it serves as an occasion to celebrate the nation's achievements, diversity, and unity.

Significance of National Remembrance Day and Repentance Day

All in all, National Remembrance Day is on the 23rd of July and the National Day of Repentance is on the 26th of August. 

While National Remembrance Day pays homage to the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives during conflicts, the National Day of Repentance focuses on seeking forgiveness and national reconciliation through prayer and penance. 

Both these days hold immense significance for the people of Papua New Guinea.

PNG Gazetted Public Holidays 2024 PDF

Planning a visit to PNG or the outer provinces in 2024? It's crucial to be aware of the public holidays in the country.

Here is a comprehensive list of the public holidays in Papua New Guinea for 2024:

  1. New Year's Day - 1st January, 2024 (Monday)
  2. New Year Holiday - 2nd January, 2024 (Tuesday)
  3. Remembrance Day of the Late First Prime Minister - 26th February 2024 (Monday)
  4. Good Friday - 29th March, 2024 (Friday)
  5. Easter Saturday - 28th March, 2024 (Saturday)
  6. Easter Sunday - 31st March, 2024 (Sunday)
  7. Easter Monday - 1st March 2024 (Wednesday)
  8. King's Birthday - 17th June, 2024 (Monday)
  9. National Remembrance Day - 23rd July 2024 (Tuesday)
  10. National Repentance Day - 26th August 2024 (Monday)
  11. Independence Day Holiday - 16th September, 2024 (Monday)
  12. Christmas Day - 25th December, 2024 (Wednesday)
  13. Boxing Day - 26th December, 2024 (Thursday)
Please note that these dates are subject to change, and it's advisable to check for official announcements or updates closer to your travel dates.

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If you're planning a trip to Papua New Guinea in 2024, it's important to be aware of the public holidays observed in the country. Papua New Guinea has a diverse culture and rich history, which is reflected in its public holidays. 

These holidays provide a unique opportunity to experience the local customs and festivities. 

Please note that the dates mentioned are subject to change, and it's advisable to check for official announcements or updates closer to your travel dates. 

PNG Public Holidays, School Exams, Term Holidays and Cultural Shows 2024

The dates may change but here are the Public Holidays, School Exams, Term Holidays and Cultural Shows as seen in the past years. You may have to confirm the PNG public holiday dates when the National Gazette 2024 comes out. 

Check out the 2024 Gazetted Public Holiday PDF file here and download it!

As for the Terms holiday, check out the Department of Education website or this post for the latest term holidays and examination dates.

For cultural shows and events in Papua New Guinea, please visit the organisers' website, and Facebook pages or contact them directly if you are planning a trip.


PNG Public Holidays, School Term Holidays and Cultural Show Dates

Public Holidays in PNG

  • New Year's Day 1 January
  • Good Friday 19 April
  • Easter 21 April
  • Queen's Birthday 10 June
  • National Remembrance Day 23 July
  • Repentance Day 26 August
  • Independence Day 16 September
  • Christmas Day 25 December
  • Boxing Day December 26 December

Papua New Guinea School Holidays

Here are the term months and holidays to take note of. Refer to the Department of Education website or check this article for the latest updates on term dates and holidays

       School Holidays   Month      Duration
  • Term 1 Holiday     April         1 week
  • Term 2 Holiday  July          2 weeks
  • Term 3 Holiday     Sep          1 week)
  • Term 4 Holiday     Dec          Christmas Holiday

PNG National Examinations

The national examinations in Papua New Guinea fall in the following months:

EXAMINATION                                    MONTH
  • Grade 10 Written Expression Exam   June
  • Grade 12 Written Expression Exam   August
  • Grade 10 Major Examinations           October
  • Grade 12 Major Examinations           October
  • Grade 8 Examination                         October

The school year ends early in December 2024

PNG Cultural Shows and Dates

        SHOWS & FESTIVALS                  MONTH
  • Tumbuna Festival Tour                     May
  • Mask Festival, East New Britain      July
  • Crocodile Festival, Sepik Region     August
  • Mount Hagen Festival/Show            August
  • Kalam Festival, Simbai                    September
  • Goroka Show                                   September
  • Kutubu Kundu & Digaso Festival     September
  • Morobe Show                                  October
  • Huhu War Canoe Festival               October
  • Kenu & Kundu Festival                    November
  • Karimui Show                                   November

Public Holidays, School Exams, Term Holidays and Cultural Shows 2024

If you are planning to visit the cultural event in the provinces, check with the local tour operators and guide before booking your trips.

You can check the latest examination dates and school term dates at the PNG education department's website. The private school terms are different, so check with your local schools to confirm the dates. 



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