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Holidays & Observances in New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the Pacific Ocean near Australia. Before being colonized by the British, New Zealand was inhabited by a fierce group of aboriginals called Maori. At first there was much conflict between the two groups, but they now coexist peacefully. The culture of the New Zealanders (or Kiwis, as they fondly call themselves) is today a mixture of both groups’ customs. Though the country is completely independent, it still considers the British monarch to be its monarch – like Australia. The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated along with many other British-inspired holidays. Christianity is the predominant religion, even amongst the Maori, and though many New Zealanders do not consider themselves religious at all these days, Christian holidays are still celebrated across the country.

 

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Waitangi Day Public
Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
ANZAC Day Public
Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed
Arbor Day - New Zealand Noteworthy & Common
Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
Diwali Religious/Beliefs Hinduism