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National Holidays in New Zealand

There are a number of important days and celebrations in New Zealand that you may want to mark in your 2016 calendar. Some of these are well known dates which are celebrated worldwide, whilst others are provincial. Some dates may also be a public holiday in some or all states. These special dates include:

  • 01.01.2016: New Year's Day
  • 04.01.2016: Day after New Year's Day
  • 06.02.2016: Waitangi Day
  • 25.03.2016: Good Friday
  • 28.03.2016: Easter Monday
  • 25.04.2016: ANZAC Day
  • 06.06.2016: Queen's Birthday
  • 24.10.2016: Labour Day
  • 25.12.2016: Christmas Day
  • 26.12.2016: Boxing Day

Provincial holidays

  • 25.01.2016: Wellington
  • 01.02.2016: Auckland
  • 01.02.2016: Nelson
  • 01.03.2016: Taranaki
  • 21.03.2016: Otago
  • 29.03.2016: Southland
  • 26.09.2016: Canterbury (South)
  • 21.10.2016: Hawkes' Bay
  • 31.10.2016: Marlborough
  • 11.11.2016: Canterbury
  • 27.11.2016: Chatham Islands
  • 05.12.2016: Westland

These are some of the most notable dates and celebrations which are observed throughout New Zealand each year, many of which are public holidays that allow people to stay home from work and enjoy the day with family and friends. Marking these dates on your 2016 calendar allows you to not only remember them, but also to look forward to them. They are fantastic gifts for friends, loved ones, or just for yourself each and every year.

If you are ready to purchase a year calendar for 2016 next year, now is the time to do it. With 2015 coming to a quick conclusion, planning your 2016 is something that might be on your mind. Traditional style calendars are still the most preferred format for many people to plan out their days, weeks and months of a year, despite the availability of a large range of digital options nowadays.

What is the history of the calendar?

Primitive calendars and methods of tracking the days were devised back in the earliest ancient times of humanity and were based on the solar day and lunar cycles. Over hundreds of years, the recording of time became more and more advanced and understood and now exists in the form known as the Gregorian Calendar. Before this came the Julian Calendar, however this was superseded due to the fact that the Earth's orbit around the sun was not accurately reflected. In 1582 the Gregorian Calendar came along firstly in Europe. As time went on, it was adapted throughout most of the rest of the world.

One of the great differences between the older Julian calendar system and the modern Gregorian calendar format is the way that leap years are determined. Gregorian Calendars adopted a much more accurate calculation for leap years, resulting in it removing the imperfections of the Julian calendar whereby there was an error every 128 years of one day. By contrast, the Gregorian Calendar has a one day error every 3236 years.

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How do people use calendars?

Traditional paper calendars are used to not only record and remind of events and happenings each month, but also often to decorate and add life and colour to an office desk, bedroom or other area. Many calendars are just as much about the visual display as they are about keeping on top of days and dates.

Birthdays, meetings, holidays, appointments and celebrations are all items that people regularly enter into their calendar. Without a calendar, most of these dates are easily forgotten and for many people, their calendar is something that they look at each and every day of the year.

The Best to Come in 2016

Every year we celebrate particular dates and commemorate some others. Holidays and other key dates remind people of specific things and events, and these reminders are always useful for a nation's culture, as well as for its citizens and their identity as a united people, despite many possible disagreements they may have. Here are some of 2016's most important dates to mark in your calendar.

New Year's Day: Friday January 1. Along with the rest of the world, this will mark the beginning of a new year with reflections to do, and new objectives to set.

Day After New Year: Saturday, January 2 or Monday January 4. Always good to live and work in New Zealand during New Year celebrations. Not every country includes the day after a new year has begun in their official holiday listing, and a free day from work is always appreciated.

Waitanagi Day: Monday, February 8. The real date is Saturday, February 6. Since 2014 it was decided that Waitanagi Day would be pushed to the next Monday in case the 6th day is a Saturday or Sunday, in order to give a free day from work. This important date should be celebrated by New Zealanders, and is an amazing opportunity to share with tourists in order for them to be more curious about the nation's history. For anyone wondering it, the Treaty of Waitanagi was signed in 1840 and thus marked the official foundation of New Zealand as a country.

Good Friday: Friday, March 25. A religious festivity which is widely popular and brings many people together, whether for religious purposes or just as an excuse to gather and share some meals or go on family trips as a 4 day vacation across the country. It is celebrated the last Friday before Easter Sunday each year and on 2016 this will be the last Friday of March. Good thing that Easter Monday is also included in the celebrations.

Easter Monday: Monday, March 28. Continuation of Easter celebrations. People usually take advantage of this 4-day weekend to enjoy some trip or have a nice rest and fun with family and friends.

ANZAC Day: Monday, April 25. Another date that whenever happens to be a Saturday or Sunday, its commemoration is pushed towards the following Monday. ANZAC is one of the most patriotic dates in the calendar, as it reminds everyone of the 1915 day on which Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Turkish lands during WWI to serve their countries. It is a good day to remember them and celebrate every person in New Zealand that serves their nations in any way within their armed forces.

Labour Day: Monday, October 24. Always the 4th Monday of October, this is a free day celebrating every single worker in the country. It is a celebration theme which is shared with many countries around the world, but is rarely done on the same date. There are also a lot of parades and manifestations in city streets, while others use it to relax or take a trip. No doubt there are many celebrations in New Zealand every year, some more local than others, but these are some of the most important ones to come in 2016, so be sure to plan ahead when trying to leave town in some of the long weekends.