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2023 Olechotel Belau Fair & Independence Day

Palau's Independence Day, celebrated on October 1st each year, marks the nation's liberation from the United Nations Trusteeship administered by the United States. This historic milestone, achieved in 1994, established Palau as an independent and sovereign nation.
A Time of Resounding Celebration: Palau Independence Day is a vibrant celebration that resonates with the spirit of freedom and self-governance. It unites the Palauan people, rekindling their patriotism and shared journey toward self-determination.

A Legacy of Freedom: Palau's independence journey is intertwined with its culture and identity. Independence Day honors visionary leaders and the legacy of sovereignty they bequeathed—a testament to hope and cherished heritage.

Cultural Expressions and Unity: Vibrant cultural expressions, traditional dances, captivating music, and Palauan craftsmanship enrich the celebrations. Palauans come together, celebrating their diversity while uniting under shared history and aspirations.

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: This occasion inspires reflection on the path ahead, melding aspirations for progress with deep-rooted values that define Palau's identity.

A Prideful Display: The Palauan flag proudly flies, fostering a sense of belonging that transcends generations. Families, friends, and communities gather to infuse the day with joy, gratitude, and hope for the future.

An Invitation to Celebrate: Each year, October 1st invites all to partake in festivities, honoring the past, celebrating the present, and embracing the future as one Palauan family. It's a celebration of sovereignty achieved and dreams to come.

Palau's journey towards Independence Day is marked by a series of captivating events, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement. Join us in these festivities that unite our nation in joy and celebration

3rd Independence Day Baseball Classic

September 27-30, 2023
The "3rd Independence Day Baseball Classic" is an annual sporting event held as part of Palau's Independence Day celebrations. This baseball tournament brings together teams and players from across Palau, who compete passionately on the diamond to showcase their skills and teamwork. It's a spirited and friendly competition that not only honors the nation's independence but also fosters a sense of unity and sportsmanship within the community. The baseball classic is a cherished tradition where spectators can enjoy thrilling matches, cheer for their favorite teams, and witness the athletic prowess of Palau's baseball enthusiasts. Whether you're a die-hard baseball fan or just looking for some exciting entertainment, the Independence Day Baseball Classic promises an unforgettable experience filled with excitement, camaraderie, and the spirit of Palauan pride.

Ms. Belau Pageant

September 29, 2023
5:00PM to 10:00PM  
The Ms. Belau Pageant serves as a platform for young Palauan women to celebrate their beauty and strength within our rich culture. Beyond highlighting their inner and outer beauty, this pageant also serves as a scouting ground to identify potential candidates who may represent Palau at the prestigious World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan.

Olechotel Belau Fair

September 30, 2023 
8:00AM to 5:00PM 
The "Olechotel Belau Fair" is an annual celebration typically held during the week of October 24th. However, this year, it coincides with our Independence Day festivities. This grand event serves as a platform for all 16 states to proudly display their rich cultural heritage through captivating performances. These cultural showcases encompass a diverse array of traditions, including Delal a Ngloik, Ruk, Boid Osakou, Chesols, Rebetii, Delang, Derabechesiil, Keskes er a rengalek, and Contemporary Dance. The Olechotel Belau Fair is a collaborative effort, led by the Organizing Committee in partnership with the respective state governments, reflecting the unity and cultural diversity of our beloved Palau.

2023 Independence Day Activities

October 01, 2023

5K Walkathon

5:30AM to 6:30AM 
Registration time: 4:00AM to 5:15AM
The 5K Walk/Run event is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of the people of the Republic of Palau. Specifically, this event places a significant focus on raising awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed throughout the month of October. Organized collaboratively by the Organizing Committee, Palau Track and Field Association, and the Non-Communicable Disease team, this event stands as a collective effort to encourage physical fitness and contribute to the important cause of breast cancer awareness.

Start your journey at the Japan Palau Friendship Bridge in Koror, Palau. Walk to Katey's Healing Garden and then head back to the Japan Palau Friendship Bridge to complete the 5K Walkathon. Click here for routes.

Independence Day Opening Ceremony

8:00AM to 10:00AM
The 29th Independence Day ceremony of the Republic of Palau is set to commence on the morning of October 1, 2023. During this solemn ceremony, distinguished officials will deliver their remarks, underscoring the significance of this momentous occasion for our nation. Additionally, the ceremony will feature a special unveiling, showcasing the 16 States' cultural sites through a series of commemorative postage stamps, further celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of Palau.

16 State Dish Tasting

10:00AM to 11:00AM
In collaboration with the 16 state governments, each state will prepare a beloved dish representing their unique culinary heritage to present during the Independence Day festivities. This event serves as a platform for every state to promote and showcase their distinctive cultural flavors and culinary traditions, adding a delectable dimension to our celebration of independence.

Boat Race

11:00AM to 4:00PM
In collaboration with the BOATERS Association, the Boat Race has become a prominent fixture in our Independence Day celebration. This event provides boaters with a unique opportunity to showcase and compete with their prize-winning boats in front of the public, adding an exciting element to our festivities.


Thanks to a generous donation from ROC-Taiwan, the 29th Independence Day will be adorned with a spectacular fireworks display on the night of October 1, 2023. This much-anticipated event is a highlight of Independence Day, eagerly anticipated by Palauans and visitors alike.

Mechesil Belau Conference

October 03-05, 2023 

Mechesil Belau is an annual event in Palau that celebrates the achievements of a traditional women's organization with a legacy spanning over 25 years. This event brings together female leaders who have been working diligently to address a wide range of critical issues, including the preservation of tradition, culture, environmental conservation, and sustainable development. Through their steadfast efforts, Mechesil Belau has played a pivotal role in shaping Palau's path towards a brighter and more sustainable future, firmly rooted in its rich heritage.
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