National Public Holiday in Recognition of the Appointment of Tonga’s first Catholic Cardinal


MEDIA RELEASE (26 February 2015) 

Embracing the Moral Legitimacy of the Kingdom of Tonga being a Christian Nation, and indeed the appointment of first Tongan National as Catholic Cardinal, the Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to inform the public, and the people of Tonga that the Cabinet approved the declaration of Public Holiday to the entirety of the Kingdom of Tonga, and to be held on Monday 2nd of March 2015.

As per the Cabinet decision concerned, Monday the 2nd March 2015 shall be declared a National Public Holiday, and that the services of the Government of Tonga shall be closed to the Public in this respect. This special decision is a one-off, which is based on the honoring of the appointment of His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.