Victorian Public Holidays 2016 Calendar
As we have already updated you on vic school holidays 2016, we are now bringing here list of all the Victorian Public Holidays 2016 and important festival days. The list of holidays is thoughtfully compiled from the government’s site of Victoria and is subject to change depending upon the state authorities’ decisions and announcements. The major holidays observed in Victoria are Victorian public holidays like ANZAC day, Labour Day, Australia Day, Queen’s Birthday and religious festival holidays like Christmas, New Year Day, Good Friday and Easter. Besides these, there are some regional holidays and Victoria public holidays associated with sports or racing events like Melbourne Cup. Besides public holidays, school holidays are very important in Australia. A list of all school holidays in 2016 has already been shared with the readers.
Melbourne cup day is also among one of the public holidays of Victoria State. Besides Victoria, Melbourne Cup Day is also a holiday in most of the Australian states, but several such cup days and show day public holidays are generally substituted by the state locally. Melbourne show day till now used to be on the Thursday in the last week of September as a half day holiday and was later changed to full day holiday. Easter Tuesday was earlier observed as Bank Holiday in Victoria till year 1994 and was later abolished by state government.
Following are some of the most important public holidays in different territories
Following are some of the most important school holidays in different territories of Australia
List of Public Holidays Victoria
Below is the complete list of public holidays Victoria that will be observed in 2016. However some industries like hotel, cafe and tourism do not have holidays on Easter day and Christmas Day.
|Victoria Public Holidays||Dates|
|New Year’s Day||1 January 2016, Friday|
|Australia Day||26 January 2016, Tuesday|
|Labour Day||14 March 2016, Monday|
|Good Friday*||25 March 2016, Friday|
|Saturday before Easter Sunday||26 March 2016, Saturday|
|Easter Monday||Monday, 28 March 2016|
|ANZAC Day*||Monday, 25 April 2016|
|Queen’s Birthday||Monday, 13 June 2016|
|Melbourne Cup||Tuesday, 1 November 2016|
|Christmas Day||Sunday, 25 December 2016|
|Boxing Day||Monday, 26 December 2016|
|Christmas Day Additional Holiday*||Tuesday, 27 December 2016|
*These Victorian Public Holidays are also restricted trading days.
Since in 2016, Christmas falls on Sunday, there will an additional holiday on 27th December 2016, Tuesday, as 26th December is already a holiday for Boxing Day. We are listing some more Victorian public holidays 2016 that you should follow.
Major Public Holidays in Victoria
Here are some major Victoria public holidays 2016 that are to be observed in state as they are national holidays or religious holidays. You can also check all the major public holidays 2016 in Australia from our previous post.
Australia Day is celebrated on 26th of January every year in all the states and territories of Australia to commemorate the establishment of the first ever English settlement by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 at the Port Jackson.
The Labour Day celebrates the Australian labour movement that happened on 21st April 1856 and favoured for 8 hours work, 8 hours rest and 8 hours for recreation. Labour Day is also known as May Day in Northern Territory and Eight Hours Day in Tasmania.
The day of fast and worship is also observed as a public holiday with the following Easter Saturday also a holiday. The holidays from Good Friday to Easter Monday marks the longest weekend.
The day falls on Sunday and hence holiday is given on Monday which is known as Easter Monday. This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.
The day is observed to commemorate martyrs who fought for nation in wars and also those who have served the country in wars. It is celebrated on 25th April every year. The day also belongs to New Zealand for the same purpose.
Except Western Australia, Queen’s Birthday public holiday is given on the second Monday of the June month. The reason being the day is already off for Western Australia Day. Until 2012, Queensland celebrated this day in October and later changed it to observe in June to be in tune with other Australian States.
The biggest day for Christians worldwide is also one of the major Victoria public holiday and falls on 25th December every year. The day celebrates birth of Lord Jesus Christ.
Boxing Day falls on the very next day of the Christmas day, i.e. on 26th of December annually. It is a vital sporting day in Australia and also marks commencement of post Christmas trading season.
Besides above, the New Year Day on 1st January is also a public holiday that occurs during the summer vic school holidays. Likewise other states, Victorian public holidays 2016 will also include its own regional holidays as declared by authorities. The local public holidays of Australian days include Canberra day, Melbourne Cup day, Western Australia Day and many others. Public Holidays Victoria is also substituted on the next working day if the holiday is on Saturday or Sunday. Our detailing on public holidays will surely benefit you to plan out your vacations for year 2016. You can also get through the lists of NSW School Holidays at our site.