A joyous Nuku Day

Tuesday 27 October 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

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A joyous Nuku Day
Tutana Aurupa ‘Queen Sheba’ led in the Avarua Ekalesia ‘nuku’ gospel drama team at Gospel Day celebrations yesterday. Photo: Melina Etches/20102602.

Blending culture, humour, traditional hymns and modern dancing, the six Ekalesia of Rarotonga burst into vibrant performances of Gospel dramas or “nuku” at Gospel Day celebrations yesterday.

The over 600 strong crowd who attended the joyous occasion, applauded and appreciated the performances by each of the Ekalesia, at the Takamoa Theological College grounds.

Gospel Day is the commemoration of the arrival of Christianity to the nation since 1821.

Prime Minister Mark Brown, president of the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Reverand Tuaine Ngametua and president of the House of Ariki Tou Ariki, had the honour of slicing the cake that marked 199 years of Christianity in the Cook Islands.

The theme of the occasion was Te Evangelia, Toku Ia Metua or Christianity is our foundation, and was hosted by the Avarua CICC Ekalesia.

The Avarua, Nikao, Arorangi, Titikaveka, Ngatangiia and Matavera ekalesia’s all put in an immense effort to stage their biblical productions that included props, costumes and creativity to depict gospel dramas.