Traditional presentation continues at the Royal Palace
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/03/2017
The traditional presentation of gifts and Tongan mats continued today at the Royal Palace where Clans gathered to continue paying tribute to the late beloved Queen Mother.
There are 2 types of presentation of gifts, 1st is the feitu’ui when Clans present their finest flowers, livestock and Tongan mats and the 2nd one is Ha’amo, where Clans carry baskets of food and Tongan mats to be presented.
Speaking to Radio Tonga News, talking chief from the Fale Ha’a Kili Clan said , the Ha’amo presentations are preparation for the traditional duties of the Fale Ha’a kili Clan at Pangai Lahi, Tufunga Clan at the Mapu’a Fuiva and the ‘Ulutolu Clan at Talakaepau.
The first feitu’ui presentation was from HRH Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita vocally represented by talking chief Pouanga.
The Ha’amo was from Lord Tu’ivakano’s relatives led by Hon. Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano.
His Majesty’s relatives from Pea, HSH Prince Tu’ipelehake and people of his estate, ‘Ahome’e’s Clan from Ha’avakatolo and ended with HSH Prince Tungi’s relatives presented their feitu’ui to the King.
HRH Crown Prince’s daughter made a traditional feitu’ui to her aunty Princess Latufuipeka.
Lord Vaea and his Relatives made their traditional Ha’amo to his sister -Her Majesty – Queen Nanasipau’u.
Lord Veikune also presented his traditional Ha’amo yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Fale Ha’akili Clan are preparing for the completion of the 10 day period of mourning and their traditional duties to the Royal Tombs Mala’ekula.
Fale Ha’akili Clan will lay the black pebble stones on the Royal Tomb of the Late Queen Mother.
Meanwhile, The Ngata Clan are preparing for tomorrow’s occasion of the Royal Kava Ceremony, where His Majesty will be seated at the highest position – the Olovaha.
The officials are yet to confirm the tou’a or the high chief or person who mixes the kava, which is usually performed by HRH Princess Latufuipeka.
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