September in Samoa brings the Teuila Festival and if you’re looking to see our beautiful islands at their vibrant best, this is the perfect time for a visit. For the first week of the month, Samoa becomes the cultural hub of the South Pacific, and visitors get to experience an incredible amount of our country’s traditions - all at the same time. The festival provides an opportunity for villages, church congregations and communities to compete against each other through traditional dance and music – and it's a total treat for visitors to witness.
The festival was first held in 1991 and has grown to become one of the country's most popular annual events. Everyone looks forward to it as a time to celebrate all that’s wonderful about being Samoan. Visitors can be mesmerised by glorious singing voices; learn to dance the traditional Siva Samoa; witness Ailao Afi (fire knife dancing); learn about traditional Samoan tattooing; check out contemporary dance competitions; watch carving demonstrations; attend the Miss Samoa Pageant and eat delicious food cooked in an Umu (Samoan ground oven).
The name Teuila comes from the country’s national plant - otherwise known as red ginger - and you’ll see them displayed in a riot of colour during the festival. There really is no better time to explore our islands - the smells, sights, sounds and colours of our beautiful nation are all proudly on display, for everyone to enjoy.