Tapati Rapa Nui

Held in February, this is one of the most relevant and traditional festivities of Easter Island.

Monday, July 27, 2009  
Tapati Rapa Nui Tapati Rapa Nui (Photo:Turismo Chile)

This is the most important celebration on Easter Island. It is held in February and every family group must undergo a series of tests to add points for the candidates to become queen.

Traditional cooking and a series of contests and ancestral sports are recreated in this celebration, where the traditional body painting Takona and Haka Pei - in which young men slide down a 45º mountain slope on plantain tree trunks, down the Mount Pu’i -  stand out.