Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Proud to be Tongan by Lydia

Tonga is located in the South Pacific ocean. Ruled by the monarchy King George Tupou the VI. There are 176 islands in Tonga and only 52 inhabitat islands. Tonga was named as the Friendly island from Captain James Cook for their reception.

Tongan Families
Tongan family is more than just parents  and children. A Tongan family includes everyone in the house. A Tongan family has to help each other get food. All family members have to think of their family first and themselves second. If I want new shoes, I have to wait until my family’s need are all sorted out.

Who’s the Boss?
In the Tonga the father is the head or leader of the family but women can outrank them especially father’s sister. His children are not allowed to walk over his feet, or touch his head, wear his clothes or eat his leftovers. Respect is the key.

Tongan homes
An api/house is a tongan household . Some Tongans live in modern homes but some still people still see really traditional Tongan houses. All Tongan houses have to be neat and tidy inside and outside. They don’t have much but as long as their homes are welcoming to people and able to give hospitality to others.


  1. This is fantastic, Lydia - I like the way you have shared some of your family values in your posting - great work.

  2. Thank you for your positive comment.