Photographs of White Sunday at Solo-Solo [Solosolo, Upolu Island, Samoa]

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Photographs taken at Solo-Solo, with notes, including preparations for White Sunday, outside and inside the church, children walking in procession, Tapa cloth, CWM missionaries, Samoan Fale's traditional houses, Samoan wedding (Papauta Pastor and daughter), students taught by Eleanor Stronge in 1982, Samoan graves.

Administrative / Biographical History

White Sunday is a holiday falling on the second Sunday in May. It is a day for parents and communities to acknowledge and celebrate childhood by hosting special programs during church services which include scriptural recitations, Biblical story reenactments and creative dance performances. Children receive gifts (often new clothing and/or school supplies) on White Sunday and are allowed privileges normally reserved for elders, such as being the first to be served food at family meal time. On White Sunday, women and children dress completely in white clothing. Some of them trim the clothes with the other two colors of the Samoan flag, red and blue. Men will wear white shirts with either white slacks or the traditional 'i.e. faitaga form of the lavalava. If a lavalava is worn it need not be white. White Sunday is also celebrated in Tonga. In the Samoan language the holiday is called "Lotu Tamaiti," literally "Children's Service" or "Prayer for Children." [Source: Wikipedia]

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