Tokelau Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Tokelau: Holidays and Events

Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the location of Easter. Easter takes place on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which ends on Holy Saturday, is 46 days before Holy Saturday. The date for Pentecost is then 50 days after Easter. Corpus Christi is celebrated on the second Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the first Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 6 Waitangi Day, the day commemorates the signing of the Waitangi Treaty in New Zealand. The contract was signed between the whites and the indigenous people (Maoris) and forms the foundation of the New Zealand state.
March April Good Friday, Easter Monday
April 25 ANZAC Day, Anzac Day commemorates the fallen soldiers of the Australian-New Zealand Army in World War II
6th of June Queen’s Birthday
October Labor Day
November Tokehega day
25 December Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day, Christmas Day

Source: Countryaah – Tokelau Holidays

Regular sporting events

Island competitions (inter-island competitions), various sports competitions are held like at European championships.

Tokelau: climate table

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures
January 14-16 28-30 22-24
February 14-16 28-30 22-24
March 15-17 27-29 22-24
April 10-12 26-28 21-23
May 08-09 25-27 20-22
June 08-09 24-26 18-20
July 08-09 24-26 17-19
August 09-11 24-26 17-19
September 07-09 24-26 17-19
October 09-11 25-27 19-21
November 10-12 26-28 20-22
December 11-13 27-29 21-23

Tokelau: national customs

Kilikiti

is a ball game on Tokelau, also known as the cricket of the islands. Sometimes the whole village is involved in the game.

The ball is made of rubber, the stick is made of a three-sided piece of wood.

Fatele

a dance form that is usually performed at larger village events. It is believed that the dance originated in Tuvalu. It is a group dance.

Tokelau: Sightseeing

General

Tokelau is extremely difficult to get to. The connection between Tokelau and Samoa is made possible by a ship every fortnight.

There are practically no public buildings here. But there is a church and a meeting house. Most of the residents are self-sufficient through fishing and the coconut trees.

Tokelau became known to Internet users by awarding the top-level domain.tk.

The islands were devastated by hurricanes and almost all traditional buildings were destroyed. In the event of a new cyclone, the church, meeting house, and school provide some security. It cannot be ruled out that the Tokelau Atolls, which are a maximum of 5 m above sea level, will sink into the sea in the course of the 21st century.

Attractions

The only really impressive sight is the beauty of the islands with their plants – especially the coconut palms – in an “infinite” ocean.

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