Traditional gifts, festivities heralds start of new era

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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TRADITIONAL PRESENTATIONS: The traditional presentations at Gym 3 took several hours as the nation celebrated a new Head of State.

TRADITIONAL PRESENTATIONS: The traditional presentations at Gym 3 took several hours as the nation celebrated a new Head of State.

The official inauguration of the new Head of State, His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi did not stop at Parliament.

It continued at Gym 3 where the celebration continued with traditional formalities, which could easily cost more than $100,000.

The presentation on behalf of the Tuia’ana was organised by his district and family.

More than 2,000 people from Falelatai attended. They were part of the event from assisting with presenting of the fine mats, the siapo, sorting out the sua or just recording the event with their cell phones. 

The voices of Falelatai people echoed throughout the Faleata complex, during the presentation.

It was without a doubt a proud moment Falelatai, as well as family members of his Highness Tuia’ana and her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo. 

Speaker of Parliament, Le’aupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and First Lady, Gilian; Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Falefatu Sapolu and his Good Lady, Iliganoa. 

Also in attendance were members of the Cabinet and as well as Members of Parliament. Here are some of the photos from the Cultural and Traditional Presentations.

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