National Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea in 2024

National Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea in 2024
Michael Somare, four-time Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Image via Pixabay
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  Dates of National Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea
2025 Papua New Guinea Wed, Feb 26 National Holiday
2024 Papua New Guinea Mon, Feb 26 National Holiday
2023 Feb 24, Feb 26
Papua New GuineaSun, Feb 26National Holiday
Papua New GuineaFri, Feb 24National Holiday (in lieu)
2022 Feb 26, Feb 28
Papua New GuineaMon, Feb 28National Holiday (in lieu)
Papua New GuineaSat, Feb 26National Holiday
  Summary

Commemorates the life of Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving leader, who died in 2021.

National Remembrance Day in Papua New Guinea in 2024

February 26th 2024 is an approved public holiday to commemorate the third death anniversary of the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare, an official says.

Department of Personnel Management secretary Taies Sansan said all government agencies are requested to organise themselves to reflect and commemorate this event in their own settings.

“Monday, the 26th of February, is a public holiday, however, I urge public servants to participate in activities to commemorate the day that we lost the first prime minister of our country.

“Sir Michael is an iconic leader and the observance of the public holiday must be made with a sense of pride and respect for this great Papua New Guinean,” Sansan said in a statement on Thursday.
She said that all public servants are required to resume normal duties on Tuesday, Feb, 27 at 7.45am.

When is National Remembrance Day In Memory of Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare?

National Remembrance Day is a public holiday on February 26th. The general population has a day off, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Note that any business may open, operate or trade but normal penalty rates apply for employees who are required to work that day.

About Michael Somare

Known across the country simply as "The Chief", Michael Somare was Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving leader after it became independent of Australia in 1975. He was Prime Minister for 17 years during four separate periods.

He died February 26th 2021, aged 84, after being diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer and admitted to a hospital on February 19th, his daughter Betha Somare said.

“Sir Michael was a loyal husband to our mother and great father first to her children, then grandchildren and great-granddaughter. But we are endeared that many Papua New Guineans equally embraced Sir Michael as father and grandfather,” she said.


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