Cook Islands

National Holidays Celebrated
White Sunday - Second Sunday in October

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Many Cook Islanders attend church on Sundays. Certain Sundays are termed White Sunday, as all members of the congregation are decked out in white. Hat wearing is mandatory for women of the Cook Islands Christian Church.

Anzac Day- April 25

National day of remembrance to commemorate and honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. It now commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.

Queen's Official Birthday - First Monday in June

The Queen's Official Birthday is the day on which the birthday of the monarch of the Commonwealth realms (currently Queen Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated in some of the realms and in Fiji, which is now a republic.

Constitution Day - August 4

Gospel Day - October 26

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Cook Islands Gospel Day Christianity was first brought to the islands in the 1820s by John Williams of the London Missionary Society. Gospel days are public holidays for celebrating the arrival of Christianity. Events are organized by the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) and the churches themselves compete against each other to put on the best show. Islanders dress up, stage elaborate dramas or "nuku", sing, dance, play music and generally have a great time.

*Read the following blog post titled Gospel Day on Palmerston, Cook Island written by a young child.


Florence Frisbie was one of the Pacific Islands' first writers. She published her autobiographical story Miss Ulysses of Puka Puka in 1948. In 1960, Cook Islanders Tom Davis and Lydia Davis published Makutu, "perhaps the first novel by South Pacific Island writers".

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