The celebrations kick off the first week of September with the 20th
Anniversary of the Teuila Festival – one of the biggest cultural
festivals in the South Pacific. The festival showcases numerous cultural
activities such as choral exhibitions and traditional entertainment
such as the Siva Afi (fire knife dancing). There is also the Fautasi
(long boat) regatta, wood carving demonstrations and tattooing. The
celebrations culminate in the annual Miss Samoa pageant.
the most exciting events in the nation is the annual Palolo Rise. Twice a
year, summoned by the waning moonlight, the palolo reef worm rises from
the coral to spawn. The palolo is deeply embedded in the Samoan
cultural and culinary history and its short lived annual appearance
during spawning is celebrated during the last quarter of the moon in
October and November.
On a sporting level, the rugby crazy
Samoans want you to cheer with them at the Apia Park International
Stadium. This multi-function sport complex is home to Samoa national
rugby union team, Manu Samoa and will play host to the Marist Samoa 7s
and Oceania 7s Championships in October.
2012 starts the most
unusual way when on 29 December 2011, Samoa officially travels in time
and changes time zone to be in line with Australia and New Zealand.
Samoa will jump from the 29th to the 31st of December and will be one of
the first nations to greet the New Year. From Saturday 31 December,
Samoa will be an hour ahead of New Zealand and three hours ahead of
Celebrate Samoa culminates in the 50th celebrations of
Samoa’s Independence. Expect some amazing activities during this
week-long cultural celebration in the country’s capital.
There really is no better time to go to Samoa than in the next twelve months.
is something happening almost every month catering to every kind of
traveler. We have events that the whole family can enjoy such as the
Teuila Festival, we have the 7s rugby championships, Samoa Open Golf
Tournament, Judo World Cup and International Game Fishing Tournament for
the sporting buffs plus Palolo Rise and the International Tatau
Festival for those craving a cultural experience.
Anniversary of Samoan Independence will be one of the biggest events in
the Samoan event calendar. Many families and friends from all over the
world to come to Samoa and join in on the celebrations. Make sure you
book early to avoid disappointment!