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Churches and families gear up for long White Sunday weekend

Little girl in her White Sunday finery

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local businesses — especially clothing shops and grocery stores — are hoping for an uptick in customers this White Sunday, shopping for White Sunday outfits for the children and food for the Sunday feast.  (See today’s Samoa News edition for businesses advertising their White Sunday specials.)

For Monday, Oct. 11th — a government holiday has been declared through an Oct. 5th memorandum by Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Mauga, with all government offices closed, while essential employees who are required to work that day will receive holiday pay in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

On the Columbus/ Indigenous People’s Day, “let us acknowledge the voyages and landing of the Europeans in the New World, while paying homage to the rich history, culture and traditions of the Native Peoples,” the governor said.

“I encourage you all to take time this weekend to reflect on the collective experiences and stories of all those who helped shape America,” he said and thanked “all for your hard work and dedication.” He wished all to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

A majority of businesses in the territory, including the banks, will be closed on Monday.

In honor of the holiday, Samoa News will not publish on Monday and the office will be closed.

In the meantime, Samoa News online will provide any updates of breaking stories throughout the long weekend.

Happy White Sunday American Samoa — have a safe weekend.