Otago Anniversary Day in Otago in 2020

Otago Anniversary Day in Otago in 2020
  How long until Otago Anniversary Day?
This holiday next takes place in 124 days.
  Dates of Otago Anniversary Day in Otago
2021 Mon, Mar 22Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Mar 23Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Mar 25Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Mar 26Regional Holiday
2017 Mon, Mar 20Regional Holiday
Otago Anniversary Day is 23 March, but is celebrated on the closest Monday. In 1848 settlers first arrived at Koputai (Port Chalmers)

The actual date of Otago Anniversary Day is March 23rd, but the public holiday is celebrated on the closest Monday.

On 23 March 1848 the 'John Wickliffe', the first of two sailing ships chartered by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland to bring settlers to Otago landed at Koputai (Port Chalmers).

Provincial Holidays 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 regions covered are set by provincial district (as they stood when abolished in 1876), plus Southland, the Chatham Islands, South Canterbury and Northland.

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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