National Culture and Senior Citizens Day in Kiribati in 2020

National Culture and Senior Citizens Day in Kiribati in 2020
Butaritari, Kiribati. Image by KevGuy4101 , via Flickr

  How long until National Culture and Senior Citizens Day?
This holiday next takes place in 4 days.
  Dates of National Culture and Senior Citizens Day in Kiribati
2022 Kiribati Mon, Jul 11 Public Holiday
2021 Kiribati Sun, Jul 11 Public Holiday
2020 Kiribati Sat, Jul 11 Public Holiday
2019 Kiribati Thu, Jul 11 Public Holiday
  Summary
A day to honour and celebrate the role of senior citizens in Kiribati

When is National Culture and Senior Citizens Day?

National Culture and Senior Citizens Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Kiribati.

This is the third in a series of public holidays in July that surrounds celebrations for Independence Day.

About National Culture and Senior Citizens Day

The elders in Kiribati are an important part of society. Elder men are called Unimwane, and elder women are called Unaine.

Rather than the more familiar high chief structure, many of the islands were ruled by councils of Unimwane who met in Mwaneaba (meeting houses) to discuss and address all kinds of social, economic and political issues. The decisions made by the Unimwane are believed to be the best because they are made after careful deliberation by the oldest, wisest and most experienced members of the community.

Even though many decisions are now made by the courts and government of the country, the Unimwane association still plays an important role as a sounding board for many decisions.

Kiribati used to observe Unimwane on July 15th, followed a day later by Unaine Day.

Did you know?

Kiribati is the only country in the world to fall into all four hemispheres (northern, southern, eastern, and western).

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