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White Sunday or Children's Day in Samoa.
A special day in the children of Samoa's calendar (the 2nd Sunday in October) where they get dressed up in their best white clothes, perform for their parents and get treated with their favourite food for to'ona'i.
We followed the Laumua kids getting ready for their early morning service in Palisi, watched the kids at EFKS Vaivase-Tai gathering in their Sunday school for their big day and caught up with some of the children & their families at the Mulivai cathedral in Apia.
In Tuasivi, Savai'i we spent the morning with the Magele family where they were putting down an umu before the service. We watched the childrens performance at the EFKS Tuasivi and enjoyed a BBQ with the family after church.
Celebrating our Mamas during lockdown!
Mothers Day 2020 was celebrated today in New Zealand under Alert Level 3 Covid19 restrictions, which meant that Mamas were at home in their aiga/family bubbles.
Mothers Day church services had to be streamed online, some Mothers Day gifts had to be dropped off or arranged to be delivered and some larger families decided to postpone their Mothers Day to'ona'i until the extended aiga could be all together.
This weekend we took a few Mothers Day snaps of Pasifika Mamas in our community ... from a safe distance of course ;) What a time to be alive!
Island children are our precious measina. As we've travelled around Samoa at different times, these children of Samoa captured our hearts.
We love how they didn't need iPads, toys or TVs to keep them occupied and happy.
The Simple life.
Growing up island styles ...
Over 100,000 Pacificans celebrated the passion and fervour of the unique flavours of Polynesians again this weekend with over 10,000 secondary school students performing.
The festival is now the largest Polynesian festival in the world AND the largest dance competition in the world!
After 2 days of competing over 4 Pacific stages, we have the full results for each of the island nations represented.
In the Pacific, neck garlands may be a symbol of welcome, but are so much more than that -ever present at Pacific gatherings as a sign of celebration, mana, mourning or beauty and always a bestowal of alofa and respect.
The ‘ula, ‘ei, kahoa, lei, salusalu show both the connections we have as people interlaced in culture across Pasifika, and also our differences with each Island having its own unique incarnations of these famous and most Pacific of adornments.
Ane Tonga - Guest Curator
Churches in Samoa have always stood out to me as you drive through the villages in Samoa and have looked to be in such huge contrast to the simple fales that people live in.
I jumped at the opportunity to be able to photograph these churches and in the process learned so much about the history of Samoa at the same time.
Photographer: Penina Momoisea
Polyfest is the biggest Pacific & Māori festival in the world! Showcasing traditional dance, music and speech from 60 Auckland secondary schools, Polyfest is a vibrant display of all things Pasifika.