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Day after New Years Day in New Zealand

Quick Facts

January 2 is a public holiday known as the Day after New Year’s Day in New Zealand

Local names

NameLanguage
Day after New Years DayEnglish
Tag nach NeujahrGerman

Day after New Years Day 2014

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day after New Years Day 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many New Zealanders have the day off on January 2, also known as the Day after New Year’s Day. It is taken together with the New Year’s Day public holiday, held on January 1.

Relaxing summer fun at Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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What do people do?

Many people take the time out to relax and unwind during the two days off – January 1 and 2 – before returning to work. It’s also a popular time to take annual vacation because of the school summer holidays, which happen in January in New Zealand. Some people go on camping trips or trips to the beach while others prefer to stay home.

Public life

The Day after New Year’s Day is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand, so schools, government offices, and many private businesses are closed. New Year’s Day is also in the middle of the school summer holidays in New Zealand.

Background

When settlers started coming to New Zealand from Britain and other parts of Europe during the mid 1800s, they had to adjust to observing Christmas and New Year’s Day in the middle of summer, rather than the winters they were used to. Many of them brought over their own traditions, including how they celebrate New Year’s Day. For example, Scottish immigrants would celebrate New Year’s Day the same way they did back in Scotland. The men would wear kilts and play the bagpipe during the New Year’s festivities.

Day after New Years Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
TueJan 21990Day after New Years DayNational holiday
WedJan 21991Day after New Years DayNational holiday
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MonJan 41993Day after New Years DayNational holiday
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MonJan 41999Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 42000Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 22001Day after New Years DayNational holiday
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FriJan 22004Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 42005Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 32006Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 22007Day after New Years DayNational holiday
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FriJan 22009Day after New Years DayNational holiday
MonJan 42010Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 42011Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 32012Day after New Years DayNational holiday
WedJan 22013Day after New Years DayNational holiday
ThuJan 22014Day after New Years DayNational holiday
FriJan 22015Day after New Years DayNational holiday
MonJan 42016Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 32017Day after New Years DayNational holiday
TueJan 22018Day after New Years DayNational holiday
WedJan 22019Day after New Years DayNational holiday
ThuJan 22020Day after New Years DayNational holiday

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