TATTOO FEST WEEK FEATURES PALOLO COUNTDOWN AT TISA’S BAREFOOT BAR
Tisa’s 9th Annual Tattoo Fest is celebrating not only the Samoan Art of the Tattoo, but is also the launch of the 2013 Palolo season.
Historically, village life becomes alive and festive beginning with White Sunday, followed by the palolo harvest.
Traditional events that historically led up to the arrival of palolo were canoe carving, tattooing, the composition of new songs and sivas, as well as storytelling.
This means village taboos are lifted and life becomes lively again with games and dances, and the spirit of celebration continues until the end of the rainy season.
Palolo harvest culminates after a 7-day countdown that begins with the onset of the full moon in October. In this time period, the Moso’oi tree blooms; its fragrant flowers are then collected to make the ulas. Scoops are created from Hibiscus branches and mosquito netting to use in the collection of palolo.
Strong light is essential to drawing Palolo, much like a moth to a flame. Over the 7-day period the ocean changes and foments in preparation for the spawning of the coral reef that produces Palolo.
The night of the palolo harvest is a testament to fertility and rebirth. Sacred rituals that include anointing oneself in fragrant oils and wearing the finest lavalavas were employed to receive a village’s honored guest — palolo.
This is a perfect time for families including children to participate in the once a year Palolo Harvest event. Bring a ukulele, a scoop and wear a clean lavalava — and don’t forget the bucket. Tisa’s Tattoo Fest lights will be set up for your palolo harvest experience at the World Famous Tisa’s Tattoo Fest venue at Alega Beach.
The seven-day countdown begins today, Friday, October 18, exactly a week before the 9th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest 2013.
Don’t miss out on Palolo Watch beginning Tuesday, October 22. Target dates for palolo arrival are October 23 and 24 with the Tattoo Fest coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 25- 27, 2013.
For more information, please contact Tisa at 622-7447 to reserve a spot for Palolo Harvest.
Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is brought to you by American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau and Samoa News.
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