Canterbury Anniversary Day

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AKA NameChristchurch Show Day
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2020 Date13 November 2020
2021 Date12 November 2021
Canterbury Anniversary Day

Canterbury Anniversary Day History

Canterbury Anniversary Day was originally celebrated on 16 December or around it to commemorate the arrival of the first of four ships from England in December 1850. The date was moved to the second Friday after the first Tuesday of November to coincide with Christchurch Show Day.

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Canterbury Anniversary Day Facts

  • As with all other provinces, the Canterbury province was abolished in 1876. However, the names of the provinces (now known as provincial districts) are still used to refer to more or less the same regions. Moreover, under the New Zealand Holiday Act of 1981, each region is to select a date as a public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the province.
  • Christchurch Show Day is the Friday of the Cup and Show Week, which is South Island's biggest festival in Spring. By moving Canterbury Anniversary to this date, the day became a public holiday according to the Holiday Act of 1981.

Canterbury Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the highly-rated Geraldine Observatory. It is privately owned by Peter Aldous and features a wide array of telescopes and other astronomy equipment.
  • Visit the Blean Woods National Nature Reserve. Enjoy the wildlife on foot or bicycle. You can also ride horses.

Canterbury Anniversary Day - References and Related Sites

my.christchurchcitylibraries.com: New Zealand Cup and Show Week

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