The action started earlier this month when the Araura Enua celebrations began on Sunday, December 11 at the Orongo Gardens.
The event started with choir and imene tuki competitions then moved on to contests involving local women’s handicrafts, an international food day, an international dancer of the year contest and even a fishing contest for children and adults. There were more cultural events on the evening of December 14, when the Game Fishing Club also began its contest for the heaviest manga and vena among other things.
The weigh-in was held on December 15 and was followed by the much-anticipated annual Santa Parade and Christmas in the Park programme. Aitutaki Day was celebrated on December 16 and featured a flag ceremony and presentation of prizes in the fishing contest.
All in all, it was a big success and everyone who took part clearly enjoyed themselves. And things haven’t slowed down since, with Air Rarotonga recording a large increase in the number of visitors to the island this month.
Photos of the Santa Parade fun on this page were kindly supplied by Dr Dan Popov.