Christchurch Show Day 2019

National and Public Holidays in New Zealand Provincial Holiday in Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch Show Day is a provincial holiday observed in Canterbury, New Zealand
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When is Christchurch Show Day?

How long until Christchurch Show Day?
This holiday next takes place in 362 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Friday November 13th
2019 Friday November 15th
2018 Friday November 16th
2017 Friday November 17th
2016 Friday November 11th
1 Day
The Northern and Central Canterbury regions take Christchurch Show Day as their provincial holiday

Christchurch Show Day is a provincial holiday observed in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Christchurch Show Day is celebrated on the second Friday after the first Tuesday of November.

History of Christchurch Show Day

The original anniversary day celebrated by the Canterbury Province was 16 December. Like several other provinces, this date marked the arrival of the first ships to the region. In Canterbury, the first two ships, the Charlotte Jane and the Randolph arrived on 16 December 1850.

The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association's Metropolitan Show is the largest agricultural and pastoral show in New Zealand and has taken place since 1859. By at least 1918, the Friday of Show Week had become known as People's Day or Show Day. In the 1950's the official provincial holiday for the anniversary day of the province was changed from 16 December to the Friday of Show Week. This move allowed banks and businesses to close and for people from the region to attend the show. Over 100,000 people will attend the show over its three days.

The date for Show Day is the second Friday after the first Tuesday of November. This date avoids any clash with the Melbourne Cup which is held on the first Tuesday in November.

The anniversary day of Christchurch Show Day is observed in Central and North Canterbury. South Canterbury observes Dominion Day (the fourth Monday of September) as its anniversary day. It may seen strange for a province to have two anniversary days, but since many of the regions celebrate provinces that were abolished in 1879, it's not worth worrying about.

Provincial Days in New Zealand

The Holidays Act 1981 specifies each locality observing a Provincial Anniversary Day to celebrate the founding days or landing days of the first colonists of the various colonial provinces.

However the exact dates are not legislated for. The actual observance days can vary even within each province and is due to local custom, convenience or the proximity of seasonal events or other holidays. This may differ from the official observance day, and may be several weeks from the official day.

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