Teuila

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Samoa

Early September means just one thing if you live in Samoa – the Teuila Festival.

After twenty-seven years it has become one of the Pacific Ocean’s drawcards for visitors. From the 3rd-9th of September, the cultural activities, shows and assorted attractions bring people into the island starting with the opening ceremony.

The opening is a proud display of Samoan culture with a floral parade, the Siva Afi fire knife dancers and native music setting the scene for a further five days of festival fun.

Another spectacular display is the Chief’s Fiafia show, where dances and entertainment represent the cultural heritage of different South Pacific Islands. The festival has much for those who like to dabble in the creative side of things, with arts and crafts fairs providing the opportunity to partake in traditional weaving lessons, wood carving and cocktail competitions, which take place every day at the Samoa Cultural Village.

For the rest of the time, visitors will experience Samoan dance, arts, gastronomy and even traditional tattooing. Tattooing is long established in Samoa and in many Pacific islands and is a skill that has been passed down from generation to generation to create distinctive warrior-like designs.

Food lovers will find their calling among the many food stalls serving up Samoa’s local specialities and a traditional Umu demonstration on the Wednesday will see food served from an underground oven to feed the crowds.

There are many other activities and events taking place throughout the week including the Police Band Flag Raising Parade, the Best of Samoa show, Miss Samoa Pageant and the Teuila Movie in the Plaza. As the festival draws to a close, visitors are encouraged to come to the official prize giving ceremony to honour all those who have participated over the week.

Incidentally, if you are wondering about the name, the festival is named after the bright red teuila flower, the national flower of Samoa and which is widespread in the islands.

 

 

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