Constitution Day in Vanuatu in 2024

Constitution Day in Vanuatu in 2024
The flag of Vanuatu was adopted in February 1980.
  How long until Constitution Day?
Constitution Day
  Dates of Constitution Day in Vanuatu
2025 Oct 5, Oct 6
VanuatuMon, Oct 6Public Holiday (in lieu)
VanuatuSun, Oct 5Public Holiday
2024 Vanuatu Sat, Oct 5 Public Holiday
2023 Vanuatu Thu, Oct 5 Public Holiday
2022 Vanuatu Wed, Oct 5 Public Holiday
2021 Vanuatu Tue, Oct 5 Public Holiday

Commemorates the signing of the Constitution of Vanuatu that took place on October 5th 1979

Vanuatuan Constitution Day

Constitution Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Vanuatu observed on October 5th each year.

This holiday commemorates the signing of the Constitution of Vanuatu on this day in 1979.

History of Vanuatuan Constitution Day

From the late 19th century, Britain and French had been wrestling for control of the New Hebrides, a group of about 80 islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

In 1906, they agreed to share control through a unique Anglo-French Condominium.

With the movement for independence gaining momentum in the 1960s, Father Walter Lini established the New Hebrides National Party (now the Vanua’aku Pati) in 1974. 

The date for full independence of Vanuatu was agreed in 1979 when the drafting of a constitution got underway. The Constitutional Committee consisted of representatives of different political parties, religious leaders and local tribal chiefs.

The Constitution was signed on October 5th 1979. It came into force on July 30th 1980, when the New Hebrides gained independence as the Republic of Vanuatu.

The anniversary of the signing was then designated as a public holiday.

Constitution Day in Vanuatu is marked with public speeches, official ceremonies and other festive events and activities.

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