The celebrations continue in the heart of the South Pacific as Samoa hosts the biggest celebration of Polynesian culture -the annual Teuila Festival. Named after the national flower of Samoa, a species of ginger flower, the Teuila Festival is a celebration of all things Samoan and Polynesian and is celebrated annually on the first week of September.
Kicking off on the 03rd of September, the festival showcases numerous cultural activities such as choral exhibitions and traditional entertainment such as the Siva Afi (fire knife dancing), wood carving and tattoo demonstrations. Samoa’s international paddling regatta Alo Paopao returns after the inaugural tournament in 2015.
This year paddlers from all over the South Pacific will make their way to Samoa to race at the regatta. The Miss Samoa Pageant also takes place during the week and will end with the crowning of a new Miss Samoa who will take over from Ms Priscilla Olano and go on to represent the Treasured Islands at the Miss South Pacific Pageant.
The 27th annual Teuila Festival promises a week of fun and entertainment for the whole family and marks Samoa as the cultural centre of the South Pacific.