Tonga observes Emancipation Day | Matangi Tonga


Nuku’alofa, Tonga: Today a public holiday was held to celebrate Emancipation Day, the day Tonga’s first Christian king, King Siaosi Tupou I officially abolished serfdom in Tonga on June 4 1862. It represented a turning point in Tongan history as commoners were freed from the virtual ownership of chiefs. It is 154 years since the day.

Source: Tonga observes Emancipation Day | Matangi Tonga