February – Father Walter Lini Day – Public Holiday
This day was set as a National public holiday on the year 1999 to commemorate the death of Vanuatu’s first Prime minister & founder of independence, Late Father Walter Hadye Lini.
Relatives & community leaders from his island perform customs ceremonies on the eve of 20th through to the 21st of february to pay respect as he was also a highly respected chief on the island of Pentecost.
Every year, national leaders gather at two different venues to commemorate the Lini Day. Some national leaders usually travel to North Pentecost to gather at the tomb of the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu. A church service is conducted, followed by laying of wreaths at his tomb with speeches, customary ceremony and traditional feast.
Leaders from different centres on the island of Pentecost would travel long distances to partake in the Lini memorial day at his tomb at Nazareth in North Pentecost.
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