13 Oct 2008

Samoa churches mark White Sunday

2:42 pm on 13 October 2008

Churches in Samoa are marking White Sunday today.

It is a day when services are held especially for children, but usually women as well dress mostly in white.

The practice has continued for many years, and even Samoans living abroad retain the tradition.

Our reporter Sara Vui-Talitu has seen some of today's celebrations in Apia.

"White Sunday celebrations have begun in Apia. Known as lotu tamaiti or children's day its an annual celebration in churches. Today's White Sunday service is when children perform a skit or sing a song in church. The children are all dressed in white, and seem excited to perform. And this afternoon they have a big lunch or toonai planned, as part of the children's special day."