The village of Letogo yesterday celebrated its 116 years anniversary.
The village came alive with sporting activities, dancing and lots of fun.
Rev. Lavilavi Soloi from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa said the objective of the celebration is to give thanks.
“The whole purpose of the celebration is to give thanks to the man above for so many reasons especially for our survival each day,” he said.
The celebrations started early in the morning with a parade of colorful decorated vehicles.
The participants represented the Catholic Church, Congregational Church of Samoa, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Assembly of God.
The parade yesterday was followed by morning tea and sporting activities.
A Letogo youth, Mulinuu Ali’i, said he was happy to be there to witness the occasion.
“I’ve always looked forward to this day because I wasn’t here the first time and I heard some pretty good news about it and now that I’m finally here, I’m now witnessing what a special day it is for my village and my people,” he said, while adding that he is proud of the village’s achievements.
The organisers of the celebration also spoke of the village’s ability to survive the 1918 influenza epidemic in Samoa, which were highlighted in posters and banners that the villagers carried yesterday.
The village’s celebrations will continue today and will end with a final programme, which the whole village is expected to participate in.
The village has celebrated the anniversary in the past.