PNG prepares to mark 41 years of independence

6:17 pm on 14 September 2016

Papua New Guinea marks its 41st year of independence this Friday and PNG citizens will celebrate in different colors and styles.

PNG chiefs being carried in Gulf Province

PNG chiefs being carried in Gulf Province Photo: supplied

In the village of Iokea in the Gulf Province the celebration will involve an initiation ceremony for all villages in the Moripi Constituency of Iokea, Sepoe, Miaru and Lese.

Guests will include the paramount chief of Moripi and former Governor Chris Haiveta.

More than 30 pigs and traditional food items have been distributed to all the chiefs of Moripi in what is called a Sevese and Pukari Sosoka or feast in the Toaripi dialect of Gulf Province.

PNG's Chris Haiveta

PNG's Chris Haiveta Photo: Peter Kinjap

The event will start with the singing of the national anthem and a flag-raising ceremony.

The initiation will see the people of Moripi constituency revive the traditional system where the chiefs once governed with significant power.

In many cultures in PNG the chiefly system has lost its glory with many young people having turned their backs on their culture.