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A calendar of festivals and events which may assist travellers to plan their visit to the Cook Islands.
RAROTONGA: - 2012 onwards
January - New Years Day and the following day are both public holidays in the Cook Islands. Should either day fall on a weekend, the weekdays nearest to January 1st and 2nd will become public holidays. New Years Day - Koni Rauni dance event (Aitutaki only).
February - Oe Vaka paddling sprints. Squash competitions - business house tournament.
March - Te Mire Atu song compositions. Triathlon - business house team relays. Triathlon- women's event.
April - CISNOC sports awards (inernational guest speaker). Easter celebrations - Nuku village pageant. Te Mire Kapa/Ura - dancers of the year competitions. 25th April ANZAC Day - commemorations and public holiday. Air NZ Anzac Golf tourney.
May - International Triathlon, Round Raro Cycle Race. Te Mire Ura - senior dance comps, and outer island participants. Oe Vaka V12 corporate races. Rugby Leagure mini-masters tourney.
June - Queen's Birthday public holiday. Kumete Sports tourney. Canoeing - national distance series. Rarotonga Golf Open. Kitesurfing festival (Aitutaki).
July - Ra O Te Ui Ariki public holiday July 6th. Mangaia Gospel Day. Atiu Gospel Day. Mitiaro Gospel Day. Mauke Gospel Day. Rarotonga Gospel Day (local public holiday). Te Maeva Maire Nui celebrations commence. Festival Float Parade (Rarotonga). Annual Maire Nui inter-island dance and drumming festival, Trade-day stalls (Auditorium, Rarotonga). Sailing class champs (Aitutaki).
August - Self-governance Constitution Day on August 4th (public holiday). Squash - national champs.
September - Round Rarotonga Road Race. Cross Island Run.
October - Club Rugby 7's. Squash Cook Islands Open. October 26th National Gospel Day. October 27th Aitutaki Gospel Day (local public holiday). Edgewater Resort Crickets Competitions.
November - Cook Islands International Rugby 7's tourney. November 1st Turama/All Souls Day. Vaka Eiva Paddling Festival.
December - Miss Tiare Float Parade and Pageant. National Tennis senior/vets/junior Champs. Tiare Festival & floral decorated busineeses/government/schools day - 5th to 7th December. Rotaract Christmas in the Park. Christmas Day 25th December. Boxing Day 26th December. 26th December Koni Rauni dance event (Aitutaki only). 31st December New Year's Eve fireworks display - Muri beach.