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Toka Festival Tanna

Annual At Tanna,vanuatu Tanna, Vanuatu

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Tuesday 5th September
10:28 pm - 12:28pm

Tags: vanuatu , events , family , customdance , festival , artfestival

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The three day Toka or Nekowiar Festival on Vanuatu’s Tanna island is one of Vanuatu’s most spectacular custom ceremonies. This gift-exchanging ceremony makes a magnificent sight, as up to 2000 participants attempt to out-do each other with their lavish gifts, dancing skills and ornate makeup. This festival is a symbol of alliance between different tribal groups and the more they give, the larger the status they acquire.

The ceremony begins with women dancing all night, surrounded by men who are waiting for dawn to come so they can take their place. At sunrise, the Toka dance begins and the men mime scenes of daily life. A group of the host village then carries out a dance in reply to the Toka, stamping the ground rhythmically. There is also a pig killing ceremony, 
food exchange and visits to various Nakamals (traditional meeting places where kava is drunk). The festival is next due to be held in August 2008. For more information, contactVanuatu Tourism.

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