Gift giving stays despite calls from church ministers at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa Annual Conference to ban what is commonly called ‘faalavelave’.
CCCS Chairman Reverend Elder Tavita Roma said at the conference held in Malua last week that“taiga sua is not banned.”
A term from traditional high oratory, taiga sua is customary practice.
Last week, debate ended with the ministers concluding that “ceremonial gifts” can still be given but to “bring it down”, says Rev. Roma.