Considered a Christian Kingdom, Tonga’s religious practices are found throughout all the islands. There is a reason why no flights operate on a Sunday. Transactions on a Sunday are considered ‘void’ and each member of the community is required to go to church. Every Sunday morning you can hear the faint beat of the ‘lali’ along with the chimes of the church bells. The churches are filled with harmonious singing, with every man, woman and child dressed in their finest.
Feasting brings everyone together, with big appetites expecting to get fed well. Traditional dancing, and handicraft making, along with a big feast is a common tradition in Tonga. Kava, a spicy liquid made from the roots of a ‘kava‘ plant is known through the South Pacific. Kava is normally served at Tongan ceremonies as an ancient custom. It is quite a popular and social event bringing the community together to gather round the kava bowl in their villages and create conversation.