the Cook Islands
researching our trip to Rarotonga I came across a posting on
the internet from a traveller who was disgusted at the Cook
Islands practice of burying loved ones by the side of the road.
didn't know what to think of that but was a bit surprised if
that was the case.
course when we got to Rarotonga we saw what this person was
referring to - and I cannot for the life of me work out what
she was upset about.
there were graves and small family cemeteries by the main road,
but they were on their own land and were wonderful little plots
tended with care by family members.
thought it was a very nice custom and some of these graves are
if you are on Rarotonga on November 1 then you will be in for
a real treat.
is the celebration of Turama, or All Souls Day (November 2),
when folk get together to remember their departed loved ones.
November 1 they decorate the graves and that night light them
up with candles. That same night there is a requiem mass at
the Catholic Cathedral in Avarua.