White Sunday; a special day for children

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.

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.

Bg pattern light


Subscribe to Samoa Observer Online

Enjoy access to over a thousand articles per month, on any device as well as feature-length investigative articles.

Ready to signup?