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Samoan Independence Day 2019

Samoan National Holidays Public Holiday in Samoa

Independence Day is a public holiday in Samoa on 1 June. It is Samoa's National Day and marks independence from New Zealand in 1962.

When is Samoan Independence Day?

How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 289 Days.
Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday
2019 Saturday
2018 Monday
2018 Friday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks Samoa's independence from New Zealand on 1 June 1962

Independence Day is a public holiday in Samoa on 1 June.

It is Samoa's National Day and marks independence from New Zealand in 1962.

History of Samoan Independence Day

Samoa became of interest to the USA and European colonial powers in the late 19th century. A civil war resulted in the US controlling the western islands as American Samoa, with the east becoming German Samoa.

At the outbreak of World War I, New Zealand troops took control of German Samoa. From the end of the war, New Zealand controlled Samoa as a Trust Territory through the League of Nations, then through the United Nations.

Although the relationship between Samoa and New Zealand was amicable, Samoa gained its independence on 1 January 1962 after the New Zealand Western Samoa Act 1961 was passed on 24 November 1961.

When it became independent, the country was called Western Samoa and was the first small-island country in the Pacific to gain independence. Western Samoa was renamed as Samoa in 1997. It should be noted that nearby American Samoa remains an unincorporated territory of the United States

Despite the act of independence taking place on 1 January, the holiday is celebrated on 1 June as January is in the middle of the rainy season, which would put a damp dampener on any celebrations. Also having the celebrations on 1 January means it would clash with the two days of holidays for New Year.

Shops selling goods may open during Public Holidays in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays Act 2008. Employers must comply with Section 39 of the Labour and Employment Relations Act 2013 in relation to the rate of wages to be paid to employees who work on Public Holidays.


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