This is what we do for Christmas

Thought you might be interested about how the island celebrates Christmas so here goes. We spend the 24th gathering food in preparation for the feasts called (fakaafe) said like” fucker are fee” don’t be offended we say fucker I mean faka a lot around here it’s not swearing  it doesn’t mean anything on its own but when attached to a word it sort of means doing, well sort of.  On Christmas day we gather at the village hall and give Tapa, Tapa is a painted mat  made from plant bark that is beaten till its paper thin and stuck together and painted with a plant dye. The girl at the gps end of school concert is wearing  Tapa. Then ever one goes to church except for the people who are making food. Tongans love food and as tradition has it there must be more food than can be eaten on the tables. If the food is all eaten then that means that the host wasn’t very good. Tonga is a poor country when it comes to money but food well there is so much of it that it’s free, Traditional food that is.

When ever one comes back from church we sit in the village hall and say prayers then eat, while we eat each person stands up and says a little talk about what ever the like ( when I say a little talk sometimes a talk can go on for half an hour or more ) these talks are about family, love for the people of the village and what ever else is on your mind at the time. People cry and laugh , share there lives. At this point I should point out there is no such thing as a secret in a village so when we share we really do share. There is no order to the talks you stand up when you get the feeling that it is right to stand up. Then comes music and dancing.

After this of course more church, the church going goes on for seven days after Christmas as well three times a day the up side of this is, so do the feasts.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you wish to comment please do.



  1. oh my…. just reading about it makes me want to lie down and go to sleep. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but bountiful food and talking always makes me sleepy.

    merry xmas fevah xx

  2. I like the idea of the community meal, and the talking (although I would probably go to sleep like Nurse Myra),but that’s way too much church for me.

  3. Makes me sleepy to nursy.

    Silver: That’s way too much church for me to. I’m lucky I don’t go to church.

  4. I’m all about the food, but not so much all the talking. I prefer to keep a few secrets. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Now that sounds like a Merry Christmas to me- I hope you have a great New Years too.

  6. I’d be one of people who stays behind to do the cooking. Anything to stay out of church, LOL.

    What sort of food do Tongans eat? I’m guessing a lot of fish for starters.

  7. anything marinated in kava….. 🙂

  8. Animar: thanks you to

    Kitty: fish, beef, pig, horse and a lot of root vegetables like taro, manioke, kumala, yams etc ps I don’t eat horse I ride them. But horse meat is common for special occasions.

    Nursy poo : Just me and the elders mainly lol 🙂

  9. Interesting traditions, ta for sharing!

  10. That is so cool

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