15 Jul 2008

Festivities begin in Tonga ahead of coronation

1:37 pm on 15 July 2008

Celebrations will open in Tonga today leading up to the coronation of King George Tupou V on August the 1st.

The first events marking the main occasion in three weeks include a rugby tournament which will be accompanied by the Heilala Festival.

According to the Matangi Tonga website, the programme also includes a Youth Musical festival.

Two days before the coronation, a kava ceremony is to be held.

Dignitaries and representatives from royal families from around the world are expected for the coronation of King George Tupou V who succeeded his father two years ago.