The Independent State of Samoa is an island country located in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific. The country lies within the area of "Ring of Fire," where a large number of volcanic eruptions occur. It explains why the country is made up of nine volcanic islands. The city that would probably show you the busy life of the country is the capital and largest city of Samoa, which is the Apia. Samoa shares maritime borders with American Samoa, New Zealand, Tonga, and Wallis and Futuna. Surrounded by a beautiful relaxing beach and enchanting waterfalls would surely make your experience remarkable in Samoa. The small country has many big things to offer for you. You will surely find the tranquility that you are looking for because it is free from the crowd. Tourists aren't well familiar with the place, which makes the country perfect for a peaceful escapade and discoveries.
1. The Significance of Tattoo to the SamoansSamoa, being rich in culture and traditions, has a lot of surprising things. Such as their unique tattoos, which have a cultural significance. Tattoos are entirely different from both women and men. For men, the tattoo is called Pe's; it consists of an elaborated and geometrical pattern that covers areas from knees up towards the ribs. A male who has tatau is called soga'imiti. A Samoan girl or teine is given a malu, which covers the area from just below her knees to her upper thighs. Each Polynesian tattoo has something to say about the stories of that person wearing them. Having a tattoo represents the spiritual and cultural of Samoa. Samoan tattoos are one of the earliest and are regarded to be one of the best worldwide.
2. Entertaining Kilikiti: Samoans' Unique Version of CricketBeing one of the English earliest colonies made an impact on the country. In terms of sports, cultures, and foods, you cannot deny the fact that there's a tinge of old English vibe. For instance, their field game which is very similar to Cricket, an ancient English team. Samoans introduce their very own lovely Kilikiti, they put their own twist on it to be a little bit different from the renowned Cricket. Kilikiti is very entertaining and can be enjoyed by the locals. A whole village can even join the game, and it would be best if you would too because the game has no official team-size or gender limits. It is perfect for everybody, making sure that no one is being left behind. You would definitely hear about this version of Cricket in the country because it is trendy in the country. It is one of the best things that highlighted the experience of every tourist.
3. The Third Gener is ExistingThe country is not biased when it comes to gender because the third gender is allowed. The nation permits feminine men, which is known as the Fa'afafine, a third gender in the country. The existence of the said gender has started in the past, wherein families who only had boys need to raise the youngest boy as a girl so that there will be a female-oriented to do the female chores. So it wouldn't be a surprise when you see that Fa'afafine is well accepted in society.
4. Locals Living the "Samoan Way"You may hear this "Fa'a Samoa" code when you get in the country, this simply translates to "The Samoan Way." It is the traditional code of behavior and governance that is the foundation of the Samoan society up until today. The citizens are living the ancient code of behavior, which makes them part of their traditions and of society. The country is collectivistic, which means it is not only about 'you' but about family. They easily cooperate and always united. The rules of Fa'a Samoa aren't written or published in a book because they are unwritten rules that have been powerful and effective since then. You would see how people can get discipline by just unwritten rules, so how much more when it is written.
5. Men are Surprisingly Wearing SkirtsWomen who wear skirts are impressive and well appreciated, and Men wearing skirts are even more surprising yet also remarkable. In Samoa, you should expect that men also wear skirts. These skirts are traditional and are called lavalava. It consists of a single rectangular cloth that can be wrapped around. The scorching heat of the sun is one of the reasons why even males wear them, and it must be refreshing to try one of their beautiful traditional skirts. It must be perfect for the warm weather and perfect for comfortability.
6. The Traditional Samoan Houses are CaptivatingYour attention will be caught by some of the house structures in Samoa because most of it is very traditional, that you can't help but to admire the beauty and unique style it has. The houses have no walls, and that alone can tell the reason why. It is because the community is promoting an intimate relationship within the family. The houses are oval in shape and supported by a wooden post. Seeing this setup would likely bring close to their tradition and culture.