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ANZAC Day in New Zealand

Many New Zealanders observe Anzac Day on April 25. It commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I in 1915. This event, also observed in Australia, remembers all New Zealanders who served their country in wars and conflicts.

Anzac Cove memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Landing site of the Australian and New Zealand troops in 1915.
Anzac Cove memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey.
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What Do People Do?

Many New Zealanders attend parades, dawn ceremonies or commemorative ceremonies on Anzac Day. The Anzac Day parades involve returned service personnel wearing their medals while marching behind banners. Defence force members, cadets and youth organizations also join in the parade.

It’s also common to lay wreaths to remember New Zealanders who fought and died in past wars and conflicts. Some people travel to be part of a commemorative service at Gallipoli, in Turkey, on Anzac Day.

Public Life

Anzac Day is a public holiday in New Zealand. Schools, government offices, and many businesses are closed.

Background

Anzac Day, on April 25, is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I in 1915. The Australian and New Zealander soldiers were part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula. Close to 3000 New Zealand soldiers died during the eight-month Gallipoli campaign.

Anzac Day has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1921. However, it was observed as early as 1916. A civic delegation in Wellington persuaded the government to gazette April 25 as a general half-day holiday. By 1920 it was apparent that most New Zealanders wanted Anzac Day observed as a sacred day and later that year the government introduced a bill to make Anzac Day a national holiday.

ANZAC Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunApr 252010ANZAC DayNational holiday 
MonApr 252011ANZAC DayNational holiday 
WedApr 252012ANZAC DayNational holiday 
ThuApr 252013ANZAC DayNational holiday 
FriApr 252014ANZAC DayNational holiday 
SatApr 252015ANZAC DayNational holiday 
MonApr 272015ANZAC Day observedNational holiday 
MonApr 252016ANZAC DayNational holiday 
TueApr 252017ANZAC DayNational holiday 
WedApr 252018ANZAC DayNational holiday 
ThuApr 252019ANZAC DayNational holiday 
SatApr 252020ANZAC DayNational holiday 
MonApr 272020ANZAC Day observedNational holiday 

Quick Facts

Many New Zealanders observe the Anzac Day public holiday on April 25 each year.

ANZAC Day 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ANZAC Day 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
ANZAC DayEnglish
ANZAC DayGerman
ANZAC-dagenNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in April 2018 in New Zealand

United Nation Holiday on April 25, 2018

Fun Holiday on April 25, 2018

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