….Tau Ui Fakamonuina, Fakafeleveia, Fakamavehe, Fakahautoka, Fakakokoho, Fakasekiseki….
23/12/2013 2013 Jesus Re- Born Celebrated In Hakupu!
Christmas is a time of Christian joy and festivity around the world. It moves people around in ways far different from other festival moods. They travel, communicate and hold meetings to discuss and firm up family gatherings during the festive season.
In Hakupu a modelled Jesus with painted beard portrait in control of the three wise men overarched the Fuai Gateway with man-made non-living sheep flocking around the spiritual Shepherd foothold. Amazing how they stare down the main Fuai road appearing like its real.
Jingle lights beam to the top of the natural Christmas tree where the biggest light stream shines wide and far during the night. Obviously the village gets into Christmas fever with many seen rushing to organize gifts for exchange on Christmas Day. But it pays to think about the unlucky many who ill-afford the frill of many families here on the Rock.
The portrayal should reflect that fact. No one on this fortunate Rock struggles to survive on the scale frequently seen on TV. In its entirety, the whole village environment looks trimmed to the tidiest form. Christmas lights flash in the homes at night seemingly competitive to the major pastoral display.
The PWD crane was hired to install the lighting system and the Ekalesia Hakupu bears the cost to keep the system going. Arranging the Christmas theme involves hard work and patience. But the Pastor adamant to make a difference presses on to produce an elegant tedious recital.
An important portion of the reconstruction has to be the mystical image of Jesus as a person who lives on earth thousands of years past.
At night the lights rolls out above the highest coconut trees in the village to welcome visitors for the annual festivity. Such momentous colour scheme adds value and life to the atmosphere where visitors to the village usually find monotonous.
Over 30 years David Liuvaie returns home to wonder where time has been all those years. The Galiki tribe from New Zealand and Canada arrives in growing numbers for the family reunion on Saturday 28 December. Early comers choose to celebrate Christmas with their families with more to join the flock at the end of the busy week. Other family reunions are private business as families quietly share memories and delight in the legacy of the passing on.
The portrait has its own destiny to battle as the country treads through the cyclone season preparation. This round of rush work deserves accolades for keeping the spirit of Christmas alive. The affable dedication treated the impromptu presentation with meticulous care and real imagination.
Across the street and village field at the church veranda Ben Junior Tanaki sounds up the youth and Sunday school drama and rehearsal for the much awaited Christmas Eve candle light party. Cars moved past the statute with amazing gaze from the kids pointing to the earthly display. In a matter of time Christmas will come and go quickly away as it arrives in the minds of the village people.
In the minds of some families they still struggle to relive the pain of losing their beloved ones during the year. This time last year, who would know and want to know that we were going to miss them along the way.
Above all, we must believe in the meaning of Christmas as a time to come together for family quality time and enjoyment. Behind it all, those who are visiting us will eventually return overseas and we, once again, will be left alone to walk a new path until the next Christmas 2014. To those that are taking worthwhile leave and spending valuable time with families, peace and love be with you as we pray for thy mercy and future prosperity.
As we sing, Long time ago in Bethlehem, have a Happy Christmas from Hakupu to you, With Love!