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New Caledonia Travel Guide

Public Holidays

Public holidays include:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Easter Monday (March/April)
  • Labor Day (1 May)
  • 1945 Victory Day (May 8)
  • Ascension Day (a Thursday in May)
  • Pentecost (a Monday in May or June)
  • Bastille Day (July 14)
  • Assumption Day (August 15)
  • New Caledonia Day (September 24)
  • All Saints' Day (November 1)
  • Armistice Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

The school holidays run from December 15 until the end of February.


  • The Festival of the Yam is observed in Kanak villages in mid-March.
  • Bastille Day (July 14) features a military parade and aerial show at Anse Vata in Nouméa.
  • Lots of free performances are staged during the August jazz festival in Nouméa.
  • The Agricultural Fair at Bourail in late August features rodeos and other colorful activities.
  • The parade on New Caledonia Day (September 24) recalls the day in 1853 when Admiral Despointes took possession of New Caledonia for France.

There's a triathlon the third Sunday in May, the Dumbéa open golf tournament in July, an international marathon the third Sunday in July, and a bicycle race around Grande Terre in August or September.