TAPATI RAPA NUI Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile Jan 2017
More Than Statues
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) might be best known for the solid heads, or moai , that spot its scene. In any case, Easter Island's distinguishing strength every mid year (that is early February when you're south of the equator) is Tapati Rapa Nui, a celebration that is immediately a trial of manly quality and female beauty, a festival of neighborhood society and an inviting of guests.
Not at all like numerous island celebrations, Tapati Rapa Nui has been a celebration for local people, by local people, as opposed to a vacation spot. In 1969, only a couple of years after Easter Island increased some self-sufficiency from Chile, Semana de Rapa Nui was conceived as a basic summer celebration that highlighted singing, moving and a little parade. Throughout the years it has developed, including a name change, however Tapati Rapa Nui has dependably been about observing Polynesian pride. While vacationers are welcome, and tend to pack the island this season of year, this is not a business luau or something you'd find at a lodging in Waikiki. Expect genuine genuineness in these merriments, and a profound thankfulness and appreciation for the way of life by the Rapa Nui individuals and all who go to.
The core of Tapati is a fight between two groups, or two parts of the town of Hanga Roa. Every group is lead by a ruler competitor, a young lady who contends with the other would-be-ruler from the adversary family for the Queen of Tapati crown, a typical title that the victor will bear for one year. The hopefuls set all up year for Tapati, honing their moving, making ensembles, and working with their groups.
Different occasions incorporate surfing, lance angling and customary body embellishment… all done wearing the conventional meager loincloth. (Did we specify that the Rapa Nui are fit as a fiddle?)
Groups take part in mainstream exercises taking into account antiquated games, for example, the Rapa Nui Triathalon, in which meagerly clad contenders must swim, paddle over a lake in a reed pontoon, and circled the lake while adjusting banana clusters over their shoulders. It's no big surprise that the Rapa Nui are so fit!
Another well known occasion is haka pei , a sledding rivalry of sorts whereby participants race down the side of a fountain of liquid magma on a banana tree trunk. While this may seem like the tropical adaptation of your youth winter relaxes, this is a game that can prompt genuine harm and is best left to the experts. Different occasions incorporate surfing, lance angling and conventional body beautification… all done wearing the customary scanty loincloth. (Did we say that the Rapa Nui are fit as a fiddle?)
Hips Don't Lie
What's more, obviously, no Polynesian festival would be finished without the conventional moving. Both youthful Rapa Nui and prepared veterans go after their group, swinging their hips in hypnotizing movements. At long last, the two young ladies going after the crown make that big appearance for solo moves. The twang of ukulele and the tribal beat of drums reverberation all through the stadium as they breathtakingly play out their exquisite schedules.
On the last night of the celebration, the scores of the two groups are counted, and the Queen of Tapati is delegated. The ruler makes that big appearance for a triumph move. Drums pound, and her group sings, serenades, and roots for her, a crowning ceremony befitting a Polynesian ruler.