Kamolol Day (Thanksgiving Day) -
Thursday November 16, 2017
President's Day -
Friday November 17, 2017
Secular holiday : The first President Amata Kabua remained in office from 1979 until 1996. He was born on Jabor Island of Jaluit Atoll in 1928. He passed away in 1996, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gospel Day -
Friday December 1, 2017
Secular holiday : Commemorates the arrival of Christianity.
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 15, 2017
School holidays :
Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.