Meet Vaileti Tupa’i, 41 years old from the village of Faleula.
She was spotted by the Village Voice yesterday working on cleaning her land.
Asked about how life is in the village for her and her family, she said all is well in the village.
“Life is just peaceful and great here for us,” said Vaileti.
“Right now, the only thing that’s keeping us busy right now is to prepare and clean our houses and lands for Christmas.
“As usual, there are a lot of people and relatives from overseas coming to Samoa for the holidays so it’s always good to be prepared.
“Not only that but we have inspections here in our village on Saturday, and that’s why we are cleaning this morning.
“The main idea behind this is to make sure that our villages are beautiful and attractive for our visitors from overseas.”
She went on to say that beautifying villages is one way to attract tourists to Samoa especially around festive seasons.
“Like I said before, it is always good for us to be well-prepared. If we keep our villages clean, our visitors will go back to their home countries with nice stories to tell to their families and friends so that they can all again visit our shores again.
“Beautifying villages is not something new. This was a common practice in the villages back in the days. And Samoa was beautiful back then because of the competitions we used to have. But we don’t really need to have competitions in order for us to do it.
“We all need to work together to keep our country clean. Especially times like these as we look ahead to hosting a lot of relatives and people from overseas.
“It is something that we all need to do. Not just one village. You know like they always say, a task is soon accomplished if several people help.
“So for me, I think this initiative by our village is very important.”
Moreover, Vaileti said that our villages and houses shouldn’t be the only things we need to clean preparing for Christmas.
“We also need to clear our hearts and minds as we celebrate the birth of our Christ,” she said.
“Whatever happened throughout this year, it’s always good to have new mindsets and hearts for this celebration.
“We only have this once a year and I think it’s important that we celebrate it with clean hearts and minds.
“Christmas is a time of forgiving and thanksgiving. And as we draw closer to the end of this year and looking ahead to 2017, we should forget all the bad things and obstacles we faced along the way.
“God sent Jesus Christ to show his love for us and we should celebrate it with clean hearts and minds.”