Anniversary (Bounty) Day 2020
08 June 2020 - 08 June 2020Price
From $1189 per person twin shareDetails
The Norfolk Island community warmly welcomes visitors to witness and take part in their National Day being Anniversary (Bounty) Day.
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On the 8th June 1856, the Morayshire arrived on Norfolk where they were met by the Commissariat Storekeeper and his wife. This day became ‘Anniversary Day’ also known as ‘Bounty Day’ and it is celebrated every year by the Norfolk Island community.
Norfolk Island's National Day is always a highlight for visitors, who are welcome to take part and absorb the ‘Norf’k’ culture, embodied through the local language (a mix of Tahitian and old English), food, crafts and customs.
Bounty Day Celebrations 2020
Bounty Day on the 8th of June 2020 will mark the 164th anniversary of Pitcairn Islanders arriving to Norfolk Island.
The Pitcairners were of course, the descendants of the infamous English sailors of ‘mutiny on the Bounty’ fame and the Tahitian women who, under their leader Fletcher Christian, began a new life on isolated Pitcairn Island. After outgrowing tiny Pitcairn, the community, made up of eight family groupings, relocated to Norfolk Island where their descendants live today.
On The Day
The day begins with Islanders dressed in their traditional ‘Bounty’ clothes re-enacting the 1856 landing at Kingston Pier. From there they proceed to the Cenotaph to lay wreaths for those who so readily gave their lives at War. At the end of Quality Row lies the Island’s cemetery and here the children place flowers on the graves of family members as traditional hymns are sung. This poignant action is a deliberate remembrance of ‘Where we have come from’ as above all, Bounty Day is about celebrating heritage with family at its core. Judging of the best dressed family group is always a well-humoured and contested decision!
Perhaps the centrepiece of Bounty Day is the all-of-community picnic that features traditional dishes in amazing abundance! Island dancing and music also kicks in as the festive part of the day really begins. As the afternoon wears on the adults sit back with a ‘baeli ful’ (full belly) and the children play cricket or throw a football about. Children and adults alike also enjoy the ‘Bounty Ball’ during the week. Dressed in their finest suits they compete, waltz and barn-dance the night away.
The community always welcomes visitors to take part in the day and are welcome to walk alongside the procession from Kingston Pier to the Cemetery.
Holiday Package Prices
Bounty Day ‘Optional’
Bounty Day ‘Optional’ Sumptuous Lunch after the Re-enactment including transfers and entertainment $150 per person
Terms and Conditions
Conditions apply • Prices are current today, subject to availability & change without notice • Travel insurance strongly recommended
A word from your dedicated travel agent - Karen
As a Buffet, my family is one of the original Pitcairn families to travel to Norfolk Island on the Morayshire. It brings me joy to share this day and our unique culture with visitors who come from all over the world.
This is one of our most celebrated events on the annual calendar so book early to avoid disappointment.