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Holidays & Observances in Samoa

Samoa is a Pacific island country that occupies the western half of the Samoan Islands. Its culture is a mixture of influences from the various cultures it has hosted, most of which were European, or formerly European countries. It has strong ties to New Zealand due to its location and New Zealand’s former occupation of the islands. Some of Samoa’s current national holidays come from New Zealand. Due to European influence, Samoa is almost entirely a Christian nation. Christianity was easily able to take over for the traditional religions because they were very similar and traditional Samoans believed in a prophecy that claimed that a new and better religion would come along. Because of the wide influence of Christianity, its holidays are celebrated by almost everyone in the nation.


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
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
ANZAC Day Public
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Arbor Day - Samoa Noteworthy & Common