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Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival 2023

The biggest celebration on the Cook Islands invites everybody to feel the spirit and passion of local life

The Cook Islands gained independence in 1964, and this significant event commemorates with the biggest celebration of the Cook Islands. Te Maeva Nui literally means 'The Big Celebration,' and this is exactly what you get, so prepare for a party.

Te Maeva Nui annually unites all islands in one huge celebration of self-government and independence. This is when you'll be able to enjoy the best of the Cook Islands' cultural heritage. Over the years, this marvelous festival has grown, drawing a huge number of visitors from all over the world to Rarotonga. This is where the magic happens with participants from each island showcasing the uniqueness of their area. A week of unforgettable cultural celebrations spreads through the arts, crafts, music, song, sporting events, dance, and local food shows.

The historical event of Cook Islands gaining independance, locals exhibit their food, music, and dance. The preparation starts in June, and till August, thousands of people create gorgeous decorations and amazing costumes. Float parades, choir competitions, and lots of local food are all part of this event. The final evening is the main highlight of the festival, so don't miss it!

After all the celebrations, you'll depart feeling joyful to have experienced jaw-dropping cultural performances, leaving locals deeply proud of their unique culture.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin