The festivities continue to Rapa... It is turn of role that the villages of Haurei ( the Wispipi) and Aera ( the Shiwawas) welcome all the inhabitants of the island to celebrate Christmas and the new year. Them 4 Weddings planned in December still promise of "good eaten" accompanied by traditional songs.
It is with the Terevatua yachts (Charlotte and Pierre) Avatar (Shelly and Mike) Pitufa (Birgitt and Christian) and Paul (Photographer) as we celebrate the eve of Christmas on Tao
a late-night drunken night!
As preparations for the inhabitants of Haurei who decorated the Hall and organized the lunch of the 25 December for more of 500 people.
It's the rhythm of the ukulele, let the party begin. We have a table reserved with other sailboats. Well warm attention on the part of the Tavana (Mayor of Rapa) who welcome among their community and we thank for coming so far by boat.
Large tables have been installed on which many dishes with different flavors we opens the appetite... popoi (root of the tarot cooked and beaten) , fafaru (fish fermented in sea water) , taioro (fermented coconut milk), raw coconut milk fish, Chicken fafa (leaves of tarot) are on the menu. There is so much food that we start with a few trays on the boat!
Despite the gray weather and rainy, We cycle daily, history to maintain our form! The road is bordered by Wild raspberries that people pick up and dandelions that nobody eats... What a boon for us and what a delight in salads!
Residents in Tubuai Tahiti or Ravavae children that came with the boat pass family vacation want to visit all the boat... as it is difficult to satisfy everyone, Philippe is still some back and forth in annex with 3 or 4 youth on board every time entitled to the photo in the company of Capt.!
The big day arrives... the celebration of 4 Weddings at the same time. The bride and groom and their families are on their "thirty-one", as well as the guests that we're. Colorful dresses and hats are worn with grace by women, While the men in grey suits are successful tiare flowers.
At the end of the ceremony as the tradition , It is the parade of friends and family who offer gifts to the "young" married.
It's time to get down to the : the meal for 700 people in the sports room set up for the occasion.. We have lunch copiously, but he saw the cake we keep a little room in our stomachs for dessert!
Each tray of sponge cake is delicately placed over glasses,
which at any time can collapse like a House of cards.
This is the result a true work of art that asked for hours and hours of preparation in the kitchen!
Fortunately we have two days of respite before celebrating January 1 2019 across the Bay to Area...