FIRE CEREMONY CELEBRATES TONGAN CORONATION

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King witnesses traditional ‘Tupakapakanava’

NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, July 31, 2008) – A tupakapakanava, or traditional torch lighting ceremony, was held along the Nuku'alofa foreshore yesterday evening after sunset when students lit bark torches creating a line of fire around the coastline and rings of fire around the small islets visible from the capital.

The ceremony is a traditional honour accorded to the Royal Family and followed the installation of Tonga's King Tupou V yesterday.

Another Tupakapakanava will be held on Friday August 1 the day of the King's coronation in the church.

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