White Sunday; a special day for children

By Ilia L Likou ,

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Sunday School of the C.C.C.S. Vaitele-Uta.

Sunday School of the C.C.C.S. Vaitele-Uta.

Monday was a national holiday dedicated to the children of Samoa. 

It's an extra day of rest that follows White Sunday's extravagant celebrations.

Every year, on the second Sunday of October, Samoans celebrate their children. 

Children dress in their absolute finest and perform for their families.

It is a day for communities to acknowledge and celebrate their children by hosting special programmes during the services, which include scriptural recitations (“tauloto”), biblical story re-enactments, and other creative performances. 

Children are also given the responsibility of planning the church service.

Sunday School of the C.C.C.S. Fogatuli.
Sunday School of the C.C.C.S. Fogatuli.
Sunday School of the Congregational Christian Church at Utuali'i.
Sunday School of the Congregational Christian Church at Utuali'i.

They are also accorded privileges normally reserved for elders, such as being the first to be served food during meal time.

The children practice for several weeks and the older children are responsible for the day's sermon. 

At the following to'ana'i or family feast, apart from being served first, in many families the children are also excused from chores.

White Sunday is celebrated by Samoan congregations and families throughout ethnic Samoan expatriate communities around the world.

Here are some of the photos from the local C.C.C.S. Utuali’i, C.C.C.S. Fogatuli and Malua Theological College.

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