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Events for the Month 

The island country of Tonga celebrates May with family, culture, and community. Tonga comes alive with a plethora of events that highlight the importance of familial bonds, culture and faith where every day is a testament to the cherished values of kinship and unity. 

Children’s Sunday (First Sunday of May)

The month starts off with the joyous celebration of Fakame Sunday, observed on the first Sunday of May. This special day is dedicated to honoring the children of Tonga, who are the ‘treasures’ of the nation.

Families gather in churches with children dressed in all white attire as they participate in special church services that showcase their talents through songs, dances, and scripture recitations. It is a day filled with laughter, love, and cherished memories, as parents and elders shower their little ones with blessings and gifts. 


Mother’s Day (Second Sunday of May)

Following closely is Mother’s Day, celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In Tonga, mothers are revered as pillars of strength and the heart of the family. This day is a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the unconditional love and sacrifices of mothers everywhere. Mother’s Day isn’t just for biological mothers. Grandmothers and aunts are also celebrated for the love and support they provide. 

Families come together to honor their matriarchs ranging from homemade meals to gifts and acts of service. Along the roadside you will see people selling cakes and pies of all flavors as a Sunday treat for Mothers after church.

Likewise, Churches of all denominations hold special programs catered to honouring and recognising the mothers of the congregation. It’s a day for pampering and cherishing the vast network of women who shape and nurture Tonga’s future generations.

 Father’s Day (Third Sunday of May) 

As the month progresses, Tonga pays homage to fathers on the third Sunday of May. Fathers hold a special place in Tongan culture, serving as protectors, providers, and mentors to their families.

Father’s Day is a time to honor their guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support. This also includes grandfathers and uncles. Families gather to celebrate with a Sunday umu feast and give gifts, ranging from heartfelt speeches to acts of service and spending quality time with the head of the family.

Churches also hold special programs to highlight all the fathers on their special day. It’s a day to recognize the invaluable contributions of fathers and to bring families closer together.

Additionally, other exciting Events occuring in May include: 

May 13 -17: Eua Masani Festival 

May 19: Annual Church conference of Free Church of Tonga and Constitutional Church of Tonga 

These conferences normally attract thousands of visitors from the Tongan communities overseas each year.  

May 20-24: Ha’apai Masani Festival 

May 31 – June 4 : Vava’u Masani Festival

Checkout Tonga Tourism for more information on what is happening in Tonga.

Stay at Sky Lodge for Family Month

Imagine waking up to breathtaking ocean views each morning, the sound of waves gently lapping at the shore.  Our spacious 6-bedroom lodge provides ample room to relax and unwind in comfort.  Prepare light meals together in the kitchenettes, enjoy movie nights in the air-conditioned rooms, or simply gather on the balcony and soak in the stunning scenery. 

With Nuku’alofa just a short distance away, you can easily access church venues and participate in conference activities.  When you return, our peaceful oceanfront location awaits, offering a sanctuary to reflect and reconnect with loved ones. 

In summary, make your Tongan May holiday unforgettable. Book your stay at Sky Lodge today and experience the magic of family, faith, and paradise!