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Holiday Calendar for Samoa

Holiday Calendar for Samoa for 2022-2023 year
The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan Islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a unique Samoan language and Samoan cultural identity. The fa’a Samoa, or traditional Samoan way, remains a strong force in Samoan life and politics. Despite centuries of European influence, Samoa maintains its historical customs, social and political systems, and language. The main island of Upolu is home to nearly three-quarters of Samoa’s population, and to the capital city, Apia. Help us Help us 

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2022-2023 year

August 2022

Sunday 14 August - Father's Day in Brazil and Samoa (celebrated on the second Sunday in August)

October 2022

Sunday 9 October - White Sunday in Samoa and Tonga (celebrated on the second Sunday in October)

November 2022

Friday 4 November - Arbor Day in Samoa (Celebrated on the first Friday in November)

December 2022

Monday 26 December - Boxing Day (Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa...)

January 2023

February 2023

Monday 20 February - Presidents' Day (USA, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands USA, Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands)

April 2023

Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day (Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Western Samoa. It commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - ANZAC - on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915)

May 2023

Sunday 14 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2023

Thursday 1 June - Independence Day in Samoa (celebrates the independence of Samoa from New Zealand in 1962)

Some samoan traditions

Currently 98% of the population identify themselves as Christian. Some Samoans live a communal way of life, participating in activities collectively.
Cultural customs such as the Samoa ’ava ceremony are significant and solemn rituals at important occasions including the bestowal of matai chiefly titles. Items of great cultural value include the finely woven ’ie toga.
Some Samoans are spiritual and religious, and have subtly adapted the dominant religion of Christianity to ’fit in’ with fa’a Samoa and vice versa.
The Samoan culture is centred around the principle of vāfealoa’i, the relationships between people. These relationships are based on respect, or fa’aaloalo.
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