Sources: International Herald Tribune and Samoa public holidays. King Malietoa Tanumafili II, one of the world's longest reigning monarchs, passed away at a hospital in Samoa, on Friday night, May 11.
Analysis: No announcement has been made yet, about a period of mourning, but one can certainly be expected to be declared in the coming days. Whether this mourning period is declared a non-working day, remains to be seen. For the long term, however, as there are no Samoa public holidays specifically linked to the King (as there are, for example, in neighboring Tonga), we do not expect any change to Samoa public holidays for 2008 and beyond.