A cardinal mass to kick of the graduation and kaipola feasting


Sister Paolina watching the procession
Sister Paolina watching the procession in the cathedral
Money is popped on the oily bodies of the dancers or tucked into their costumes.
Money is popped on the oily bodies of the dancers or tucked into their costumes.
Sister Kieoma and the Bishop Mafi (now Cardinal) joined in a traditional seated dance
Sister Kieoma and Bishop Mafi (now Cardinal) joined in a traditional seated dance
Sonia with some of her favourite fakaleiti ex-students
Sonia with some of her favourite fakaleiti ex-students

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Kotoni with some of his students
Kotoni with some of his students
Kotoni and Ceclie the French volunteer teacher
Kotoni and Ceclie the French volunteer teacher
Sonia and Virginie the Alliance francaise volunteer
Sonia and Virginie the Alliance francaise volunteer
The pukas never look happy at kaipola feasts
The pukas ‘pigs’ never look happy at kaipola feasts
Our name sake Sotonia's sister did a ta'olunga dance
Our name sake Sotonia’s sister did a ta’olunga dance
Dancing is ALWAYS  a feature of kaipola feasts
Dancing is ALWAYS a feature of kaipola feasts

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Wednesday Day 9
A short little sun shower at breakfast was gentle and cooling as we met at a local cafe to celebrate Sarah – a volunteer’s 30th birthday. In true Tongan style we gave her a pineapple and a block of chocolate from our stash. It was then off to ‘Ahopanilolo for wardrobe consultancy before the celebratory graduation mass at the cathedral… Officiated by the then Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi who in January 2015 has been made a new Vatican Cardinal. He skips having to go through the ranks of  archbishop and will head straight to Roma! It is the first time Tonga has had a Cardinal. I wonder if we can have tea with him next time we are near St Peter’s! Parades, dancing, singing and a large kaipola ‘feast’ followed. What one cannot eat from the mountains of food is taken home. We refrained from the latter! The day started at 9.30 and we stumbled home about 4.00pm… It was so joyful and warm and a prelude to a week of feasting.

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2 thoughts on “A cardinal mass to kick of the graduation and kaipola feasting

  1. Veronica pansaru January 6, 2015 — 7:43 pm

    You have attended a function with a former American president..now maybe your CV will add a Cardinal and future (?) pope…that’s my girl!!!

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  2. fantastic pictures. What a delight XX TT

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