Long weekend with Labor Day holiday set for Monday
American Samoa joins the rest of the nation on Monday celebrating the Labor Day holiday — while local police are increasing road patrols to ensure a safe holiday in the territory.
Monday has already been declared a local government holiday, which means all ASG offices - except for the Election Office in Tafuna - will be closed and employees required to work on that day will be compensated in accordance with local law.
Department of Public Safety announced an increase in the presence of police officers throughout Tutuila during the three-day weekend as part of DPS’ ongoing enforcement, over the last two weeks that will end next week.
Also closed Monday are the two commercial banks, many local businesses and the US Post Office as well as all federal offices. There was no confirmation Friday if StarKist Samoa would be working on Monday.
Many residents will spend the long weekend with families and friends — either at barbecues, staying home, or heading to the beach if it’s sunny (fat change). Others will use Monday as a day for clean-up. And for politicians seeking re-election and new candidates this year, it’s a chance to campaign and reach out to voters and supporters.
Reports out of Tafuna airport state flights to Apia have been full since midweek and one of the reasons cited is the 22nd annual Teuila Festival with this year’s theme Celebrating Samoa, which culminates the celebration of Samoa’s 50th Independence.
According to the Samoa government the festival opened yesterday (Sunday in Samoa) with a church service and the rest of the week there will be many cultural activities showcased such as the choir hymnal exhibition, a variety of traditional entertainment including fire knife dancing, traditional sports including the fautasi race, wood carving, tattooing, and two nights of variety shows.
Part of the festival includes the annual Miss Samoa Pageant and for this year, will be held Sept. 7. Winner of the pageant will represent Samoa at this year’s Miss South Pageant, held later this year in American Samoa. For more information and schedule for the Teuila log on: www.teuilafestival.ws
Samoa News will not publish on Monday in observance of Labor Day but will return on Tuesday. Updates daily on the website. Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone.