Mount Taranaki, New Zealand
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|Marks the arrival of the first European settlers on 31 March 1841. Marked on the second Monday in March to avoid Easter|
Taranaki Anniversary Day is a provincial holiday observed in Taranaki, New Zealand.
Taranaki Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday of March.
History of Taranaki Anniversary Day
Taranaki Anniversary Day commemorates the creation of the Taranaki province. Originally called New Plymouth province, it was renamed to Taranaki in 1859.
The name 'Taranaki' refers to the large mountain in the area, the second largest on the north island, which was named Taranaki by the local Māori.
The holiday is marked on the second Monday in March to avoid Easter.
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.