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Culture Tahiti, Bora Bora

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Tahiti, Bora Bora : Discover the country's culture

Read


'Varua Tupu: New Writing and Art from French Polynesia' edited by F Stewart, K Mateata-Allain and A Mawyer (2006)

Guides


'Tahiti and French Polynesia: Best Atolls, Lagoons, Beaches and More' (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by C Brash (2009)
'Frommer's Tahiti and French Polynesia' by B Goodwin (2010)
'South Pacific' (Lonely Planet Multi Country Guide) by R McKinnon (2009)

Music


'Magic of Polynesian Dance' by Grands Ballets De Tahiti (2007)
'Polynesian Chants' by Voix Des Iles (2007)
'Pacific Chants: Polynesian Him' by David Fanshawe (2003)
'Moana Lounge: Polynesian Vibes' by Various Artists (2003)

Tahiti, Bora Bora : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

1607: Part of the archipelago discovered by Pedro Fernandez Quiros
1767: "Rediscovered" by Samuel Wallis and named King George's Island
1768: Louis de Bougainville arrives and claims the islands for France, naming the archipelago La Nouvelle Cythere
1769: The English sailor and explorer James Cook arrives at Tahiti on his first of three voyages
1815: Pomaré II, King of Tahiti, accepts Protestantism
1842: Pomaré IV signs a convention with Admiral Dupetit-Thouars, establishing a French protectorate and guaranteeing full religious liberty in Tahiti
1880: King Pomaré proclaims Tahiti an integral part of the French Republic 1903: The various groups of French islands in Oceania, exclusive of New Caledonia and its dependencies, were united in one homogeneous colonial establishment
1995: France stirred up widespread protests by carrying out nuclear tests on the Mururoa atoll, they were suspended in January 1996
2004: The islands become a full 'département d'outre mer' (overseas territory) of France

Tahiti, Bora Bora : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

1 Jan: New Years Day
5 March: Arrivée de l'Evangile (Gospel Day)
April: Easter
1 May: Labour Day
8 May: Victory Day
13 May: Ascension
29 June: Autonomy Day
14 July: Quatorze Juillet (National Day/Bastille Day)
15 August: Assumption Day
1 November: All Saints Day
11 November: Armistice Day
25 December: Christmas Day