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French Polynesia Festivals and Events

Tiare Tahiti Day
French Polynesia,
This annual event pays tribute to Tahiti's national flower, the fragrant white Gardenia Tahitensis . Individual Tiare Tahiti flowers are presented to everyone on the streets of downtown Papeete, in hotels and at the airport. Post offices, banks and other offices compete for the best Tiare Tahiti decorations. A dinner and dance ball is held on Saturday night in a hotel that has been beautifully decorated with thousands of Tiare Tahiti flowers.

Christmas In Tahiti
French Polynesia,
It is summertime in Tahiti and Her Islands, and all the flowers are in bloom. The Royal Poinciana, or flamboyant trees, acacias of all colors, the South Sea crepe myrtles, bright Bougainvillea and frangipani are more beautiful than ever. Santa Claus makes his appearance several times, arriving in many different ways. Hotels and restaurants present special menus and local entertainment during the holidays.

All Saints Day
French Polynesia,
Flower stands are set up all around the island of Tahiti on this public holiday, with families spending the day cleaning and decorating grave sites in cemeteries in Papeete, Faaa, Arue and Punaauia. At night, the cemeteries are lighted with candles as families sing hymns and recite prayers for their departed loved ones.

Firewalking Ceremony
French Polynesia,
This is one of the most spectacular of the ancient Polynesian traditions that have been preserved in Tahiti. A large crowd of spectators is traditionally drawn to this ceremony to watch as today's Tahitians call upon their ancestor's gods for protection as they walk across hot lava stones that have been heated by fire for several hours before the start of this colorful, yet mysterious, ceremony.

World Enviroment Day
French Polynesia,
An entire day of exhibits, films, shows, singing and dancing is held at the historic Venus Point in the north coast Commune of Mahina. But this special day involves a major environmental awareness program throughout Tahiti and Her Islands. Guided tours are organized into such beautiful interiors as the Fautaua, Papenoo and Lake Vahiria Valleys and to the top of one of the island's most famous mountains l'Aorai

Ukulele Festival
French Polynesia,
The Ukulele Festival is held in Tahiti. This instrument was introduced from Portugal into the Hawaiian islands in 1879. Its advantage is that it's easier to make and to play than a guitar. Ukulele music entertainment takes place in several places in downtown along with other traditional instruments.

Chinese New Year
French Polynesia,
Tahiti's Chinese Community welcomes the New Chinese Year with traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese food tasting stands, calligraphy and painting demonstrations and a fireworks display. A Spring Festival Queen from the Chinese community will be elected during a beauty pageant dinner-dance. Much of the 4 day celebration is held at the Chinese Temple in the Mamao section of Papeete, where red candles, incense and symbolic money are burned, speeches are made and prayers are recited for prosperity and good health during the coming year. Banquets and shows are held at a local hotel and restaurant, where entertainment includes special singers and dancers brought to Tahiti from Asia.

New Years Day
French Polynesia, 1 January 2000
This public holiday is celebrated throughout Tahiti and Her Islands. A long-standing custom is to drive around the island, visiting friends and relatives, bringing guitars and ukuleles for the famous Tahitian Bringue , which includes singing, dancing and feasting.


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