Internal Autonomy Day in French Polynesia in 2021

Internal Autonomy Day in French Polynesia in 2021

  How long until Internal Autonomy Day?
This holiday next takes place in 359 days.
  Dates of Internal Autonomy Day in French Polynesia
2022 French Polynesia Wed, Jun 29 National Holiday
2021 French Polynesia Tue, Jun 29 National Holiday
2020 French Polynesia Mon, Jun 29 National Holiday
2019 French Polynesia Sat, Jun 29 National Holiday
2018 French Polynesia Fri, Jun 29 National Holiday
  Summary
On June 29th 1880 Tahiti's King, Pomare V, gave France the right of sovereignty to Tahiti and its dependencies
  Local name
Fête de l’autonomie

When is Internal Autonomy Day?

Internal Autonomy Day (French: Fête de l’autonomie) is a public holiday in French Polynesia on June 29th each year.

History of Internal Autonomy Day

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France and its only overseas country. It consists of over 100 islands and atolls in the South Pacific Ocean with Tahiti being the most populated.

The first European to visit the islands was Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Over the centuries, the Dutch, British and Spanish all visited the area.

French Catholic missionaries arrived on Tahiti in 1834 and were promptly expelled in 1836. This led to Tahiti and Tahuata being declared a French protectorate in 1842, to allow Catholic missionaries to work undisturbed.

Even though French Polynesia achieved self-rule in September 1984, the date of this holiday commemorates the annexation of the Kingdom of Tahiti and the turnover of native sovereignty by King Pōmare V to France on this day in 1880.

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