Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2019

Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2019
  How long until Republic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 36 days.
  Dates of Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago
2021 Trinidad and Tobago Fri, Sep 24National Holiday
2020 Trinidad and Tobago Thu, Sep 24National Holiday
2019 Trinidad and Tobago Tue, Sep 24National Holiday
2018 Trinidad and Tobago Mon, Sep 24National Holiday
2017 Trinidad and Tobago Mon, Sep 25National Holiday
Republic Day is celebrated as a public holiday on 24 September, the date in 1976, when the first Parliament met

When is Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago?

Republic Day is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, observed on 24th September. If Republic Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday.

This holiday commemorates the first session of the parliament on 24 September 1976.

History of Republic Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago proclaimed its independence from Britain on 31 August 1962 with Queen Elizabeth II remaining as the head of state.

In 1976, Trinidad and Tobago decided to abolish the monarchy and become a republic within the Commonwealth. On 1 August 1976, the new constitution was promulgated, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was proclaimed, with the last Governor-General, Sir Ellis Clarke, becoming the first President.

The 1st Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago held its first session on 24 September 1976. It is this date that is marked by Republic Day. However 1 August is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1985, it became the first country in the world to observe a public holiday for Emancipation Day.

In a move to limit the number of public holidays, Republic Day was not celebrated from 1999 to 2001.

Trinidad and Tobago holds its National Awards ceremony on Republic Day to honour citizens who have made a significant contribution to the country. From Independence in 1962 until 2017, the ceremony was held on Independence Day. According to President Carmona, the ceremony was moved to Republic Day as it "would bring greater awareness of the true meaning and importance of the holiday".

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