Samoan Independence Day

Foods, Traditions, and Celebrations

What Is Samoa and when was it discovered?

"Samoa was first discovered by the Dutch voyagers in the 18th century. Subsequently, it was explored by the French and British settlers. In 1847, a consular office was inaugurated in Apia. In 1853, the United States and in 1861, Germany/Prussia opened a consular office at the same place. On November 2, 1871, the Government of New Zealand advocated the takeover of the Samoa Islands by Britain. In August 1873, the Central Government in the country was inaugurated. On January 21, 1879, Germany was offered the marine base of Saluafuta. In 1884, the King and Vice-King of the country urged Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom to transform it into a British settlement. On July 14, 1889, the archipelago was converted into a trilateral British-German-U.S. territory. On June 10, 1899, a provisional administration was established comprising the consulates of the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States. In 1900, the group of islands barring American Samoa was taken over by Germany. It was subsequently invaded by New Zealand. According to the League of Nations directive enforced by the Government of New Zealand on December 17, 1920, the name of the country was changed to Western Samoa. It was switched into a United Nations trust territory on January 25, 1947 and achieved its independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962. In this way, the Independent State of Western Samoa was formed." Stated the creator of the webpage, "Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Samoa to the United States"

The History Of Samoan Independence Day

"On January 1 1962, Western Samoa achieved its independence from New Zealand. Nevertheless, this day is observed on June 1 and is still acknowledged by the Samoan society in New Zealand. These people deck themselves up for the event and take part in various cultural and musical programs" shared one of the many participating authors of the website Maps Of The World.
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The picture above is a illustration of Samoa's independence. It represents The small groups of Samoan's exploring and being free. Not knowing where they're going, but embracing the adventure and preparing for the troubles ahead of them. It has been written in the Samoan Honorific Chief Language, which is a reserved language that is only trained to and taught by the High Chief of the island's village.

Fun Samoan Sport Traditions

More Traditions On The Holiday

There are many traditions on these holidays, but one very popular one is the Flag Hoisting Ceremony. This happens every year at Malaeola Hall in Mangere. This tradition is observed by many people, for example school kids, and longboat squads. cultural communities, religious groups, and sports teams. It is also celebrated by many other countries, for example Australia and New Zealand.

Some more Major events include devotional church service, National Orchestra Choir, Ministry of Police and Prisons Choir, march past, delivery of independence anniversary speech by the head of the state, gun salute, and traditional entertainment including song and dance. The event comes to an end with the awards ceremony.

By Ioantana Pula