White Sunday marked in Savai'i

Monday following White Sunday is a national public holiday which annually is dedicated to the children of Samoa. 

It is an extra day of rest following the celebrations of White Sunday the day before, which is always marked on the second Sunday of October.

On that Sunday children dress in their best attire and perform for their families in church. 

It is a day for communities to acknowledge and celebrate their children, by hosting special programs during the services, which include scriptural recitations [“tauloto”], biblical story reenactments, and other creative performances. 

Prior to the events of the day, the children practice for several weeks and the older children are responsible for the day's sermon. 

The children are also given the responsibility of planning the church service, and accorded privileges normally reserved for elders, such as being the first to be served food during meals.

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

The day is celebrated by Samoan congregations and families throughout the country, including by Samoan expatriate communities around the world.

The theme for this year's White Sunday celebration for the Methodist Church was "Intelligent children listen to God."

This theme echoed through the performances and dances on Sunday for all the Methodist parishes in Samoa, including the Saloga Sunday School in Savai'i. 

Reverend Samuelu Areta, who is the church minister for Saloga, emphasised that the theme is a perfect reminder for our children that we should always listen to God and obey his word. 

For the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, the theme that was celebrated on Sunday was "The greatest Commandment."

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