Tanna Island Events

Calendar of Tanna specific public holidays and major events.

February

February 15 John Frum Day (cargo cult) is celebrated on Tanna Island. The men dress up like US soldiers and parade with wooden rifles while the flag is raised and prayers offered to the great Cargo God that lives in the USA.

April

Yam Festival. The dates vary depending on Tanna Time. This is an excellent time to see authentic custom dancing and feasting as the people of Tanna summon the spirit of the Yam.

June

June 21 Fete de la Musique (in Port Vila and on Santo, Tanna and Malekula islands)

July

Horse Racing Day The Race of Champions as the wild horses thunder down the old airport runway. Then comes the foot races! Tafea Agricultural & Trade Show; this is a rodeo and horse display as well as a showing of local produce

July 31- 6 August

Aniwa and Tanna Swim Safari. Aniwa and Tanna Islands

August

Circumcision Ceremonies - The rite of passage for young men with colourful custom dancing and feasting.

Mini Games This is the competition for all Tanna athletes for the regional games. It is held at the Lenekel soccer Stadium.

August 15-20 National Sandroing, this sand drawing festival takes place each year at a different location, in the northern tropical islands of Vanuatu.

September

September 8 Tanna Trail, Tanna Island

October

Cultural Spirit Arts and Carving Exhibition Local artists show their handicrafts in Lenakel.

Toka or Nekowiar Ceremony This is one of Vanuatu's most famous and enthusiastic festivals. Three days of feasting and dancing while the whole community debates and arranges marriages.

November

November 6-11 Vanuatu Aniwa and Tanna Swim Safari, Aniwa and Tanna Islands

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