There are three main celebrations on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. All will see women with brightly painted faces. Tinsel has replaced wreaths of leaves for most women.
Kastom (traditional) dancing is always performed both by the coast
and in the highlands.
The John Frum Cargo Cult holds its celebration in February each year with marching troops, entertainment and kastom dancing.
When the boys return from the bush after being circumcised there is much rejoicing and celebrations.
And western cakes are brought out by the children to celebrate a birthday.
Most of these celebrations were mentioned in the Australian Way in 1994.
where the second last paragraph on the above page says ” It is also evident now in colourful singing and Friday-night dancing celebrations. Today the followers serenade each other. A shyish group of Jon Frum musicians sing and dance for guests at the small, Melanesian-style White Grass Resort, co-owned by Roger and Irene Waters and Chief Namake, and, in the darkness outside, villagers congregate for their own impromptu celebrations. Everyone shares the music.
These celebrations and more are the subject of the memoir Nightmare in Paradise which was released in December – I am still celebrating this achievement.
Thank you to Amy for this week’s prompt