Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and known as Pleasant Island, is a small island country in Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, in the Central Pacific. It is the third-smallest country in the world by area and the second-smallest by population. Nauru Independence Day is a national holiday that celebrates the island’s independence from colonial rule.
History of Nauru Independence Day
Nauru, an island country located in the Pacific Ocean, has a deep history dating back to ancient times. The island was first settled by Polynesians and Micronesians around 3,000 years ago. The island was later visited by various European explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries, including Captain John Fearn in 1798. However, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that Nauru was claimed by the German Empire and later, the British Empire.
In 1914, Nauru was occupied by the Australian government during World War I and later administered by the British Phosphate Commission (BPC). In 1923, Nauru became a League of Nations mandate territory administered by Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and then later, in 1947, it became a United Nations Trust Territory, also administered by Australia.
Nauru officially gained independence from Australia and became the Republic of Nauru on January 31st, 1968, when the country’s independence was officially declared, and the day has been celebrated as Nauru Independence Day ever since.
How to Celebrate Nauru Independence Day
Nauru Independence Day is celebrated on January 31st every year. The day is celebrated throughout the island with various events and activities, including parades, traditional dances and music performances, and traditional cuisine.
Join the Parade
The main event of Nauru Independence Day is the parade, which is held in the capital city of Yaren. Join in on the fun and excitement as locals and visitors alike celebrate the island’s independence.
Attend a Cultural Event
Experience the rich culture of Nauru by attending a traditional dance or music performance. Many events are held all across the island, showcasing the talents of local artists and performers. Throughout the day, you can find cultural events happening in different locations, such as in the community hall, at schools and even in the streets.
Enjoy a Celebration Feast
What better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a traditional feast? Nauru Independence Day is celebrated with an array of traditional foods, including fish, taro, and other local produce. Many families and communities come together to prepare and share a meal; a great way to bond and celebrate Nauru’s independence.
Visit the National Museum
On Nauru Independence Day, the Nauru National Museum is open for free to visitors. It’s a great way to learn more about the island’s history and culture, and to understand the significance of the country’s independence.