Christmas in Tokelau is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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The islands are almost completely Christian, with Congregationalists and Roman Catholics making up the large majority of the populace. Interestingly, Tokelau’s territorial motto is “Tokelau mo te Atua”, which means “Tokelau for the Almighty”. Thus, this is a country officially dedicated to God and that observes Christmas as the time when God’s Son came down to show the world His Almighty power. Attending church on Christmas is the norm here, and people take it very seriously in every denomination.
Christmas dinner is a special time at home in Tokelau. You can expect many of the usual dishes, but don’t be surprised to see some seafood cuisine and coconut-containing dishes on the menu as well. At church, you may see men in traditional dress swaying and doing traditional dances to singing and a drumbeat.
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