Malo e lelei - Hello in Tongan
Malo e lelei is a common greeting in Tongan. We present to you some interesting information about Tonga.
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Tongan is an Austronesian language of the Polynesian branch spoken in Tonga. It has around 187,000 speakers and is one of the national languages of Tonga.
Let us share some amazing facts about the Tongan language and Tonga:
The Tongan language is locally known as Fakatongan! Its closest relative languages are Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Niuean, and Maori.
Tongan was first written by missionaries in the early 19th Century, which has a number of different spelling systems. The current spelling system for the Tongan language was officially proclaimed by the Privy Council of Tonga in 1943.
The Tongan language has different numerical systems for different items. For instance, counting coconuts has different words for numbers than counting fish.
Like many other countries, Sunday is a day of rest in Tonga. But the local custom is so strict that it is illegal to do business transactions, to play sports/exercise, and to do most chores on Sunday, it even includes doing swimming or going running outside, doing kayaking, and even doing laundry. No one can buy food or avail of public travel services. But some essential services like hospitals and bakeries, particular tourism businesses such as resorts, including their restaurants and activities are exceptions to this rule.
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Tongans wear a moderate dress with cultural clothing wrapped around their waists, such as pandanus mats (Ta’ovala), or women may also wear girdles (Kiekie).
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Travelers should visit Tonga between June and October, as each year Humpback Whales travel 3,000 Miles to breed, give birth and raise their young in Tonga.
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Some other exotic tourist spots in Tonga are Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa, Talamahu Market, Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, Maka Faakinanga, Mapu ‘a Vaea Blowholes, Swallows Cave.
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Your trip to Tonga will be more memorable with Tongan cuisine which is a fine combination of land and seafood, freshly harvested, cooked, and consumed with diverse ingredients. Here are some delicious Tongan dishes that you should try Ota’ika, Umu-cooked Fish, Lu Sipi, Lu Pulu, Faikakai Topai, Pele Sipi, Kapisi Pulu, Kale Moa, Lo’i Feke, Panikeke, ’Ufi Lolo’I, ’Otai, Pai Siamu, Pumpkin Soup, Puteni.
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Apart from the common festivals like New Year’s Day, Christmas, Easter, you should experience the exclusive Tongan festivals like Heilala Festival, Vava’u Blue Water Festival, Faka-Sepitema.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Tonga, let us all know!
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This culture of Tongans seems pretty amazing!
Especially the clothing & food of them is quite mesmerizing that is full of colors, now I am thinking to wear something like this for my next cosplay, I hope I can get such costume/ clothing at RoleCosplay Deals that is going on right now.