Tristan da Cunha Christmas & New Year
Everything closes on Tristan for four weeks for its Christmas and New Year summer holidays, but there is plenty of time for community activities.

Event News

St Mary's School Christmas Concert 2018

Photo report of the 2018 Christmas Concert and Play Performed at St Mary's School.
9-Jan-2019
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Old Year's Night 2018

Photos from Dawn & Robin Repetto and Shirley Squibb

On Old Year's Night, the traditional Okalolies (names and spellings vary) roamed the village looking to do mischief. Wo betide any children or women they encounter!

The Okalolies posing for a group photo
The Okalolies posing for a group photo
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes
A caught child about to be marmalised! But not all the children were frightened
A caught child about to be marmalised! But not all the children were frightened

A truce held sway when the Okalolies visited the Administrator's Old Year's Night reception, where they greeted the Admin's wife with flowers. They then moved on to the reception held by the Acting Chief Islander, Emma Swain.

Sean and Marina Burns at their Administrator's reception. Greeting Marina with flowers
Sean and Marina Burns at their Administrator's reception. Greeting Marina with flowers
Can you say too much with flowers? Catering team at the Admin's reception
Can you say too much with flowers? Catering team at the Admin's reception
Listening to the Admin's Old Year's Night speech
Listening to the Admin's Old Year's Night speech
Refuelling and… …having a well deserved rest
Refuelling and… …having a well deserved rest
On to the Acting Chief Islander's reception… …hosted by Emma Swain
On to the Acting Chief Islander's reception… …hosted by Emma Swain

After the receptions, everyone disperse to their own parties and braais, with a break at midnight when people gather round the fishing gong. It was struck at midnight to ring the New Year in, and then the partying continued.

Time to party. Whats on the braai? Striking the fishing gong to ring the New Year in
Time to party. Whats on the braai? Striking the fishing gong to ring the New Year in
Gathering by the Gong at midnight Gathering by the Gong at midnight
Gathering by the Gong at midnight

Christmas 2018

Photos from Dawn Repetto and Shirley Squibb

Tristan enjoyed beautiful weather during the Christmas period. Ladies decorated graves in the island cemeteries on Christmas Eve, and Midnight Mass was celebrated in both the churches. Christmas lunches included the traditional stuffed roast mutton, and the rest of the day was spent at leisure with families taking advantage of the sun at the beaches

Christmas Eve lighting of candles Christmas Eve St Marys
Midnight Mass at St Mary's Church, starting with the lighting of candles, led by Lay Minister Lars Repetto.
Presents under the tree Christmas Day lunch
Presents under the tree Christmas Day lunch
Cemeteries decorated on Christmas Eve Beautiful Christmas day
Beautiful weather for the Christmas Eve decoration of the cemeteries (left), and a Norfolk Island Pine in the village on Christmas Day (right)
Children and Runaway Beach Having fun at Runaway Beach
Among other things, Christmas is a time for having fun at Runaway Beach
Having fun at Runaway Beach Fishing at Runaway Beach
Freshly caught Five Fingers Old Tristan roses on Christmas day
Five Fingers freshly caught at the beach. Old Tristan roses in the Christmas Day sun.

Break-Up Day 2018

Photos from Dawn Repetto
Holiday Programme Dates from Cynthia Green

Government Departments enjoyed the traditional Break-Up Day on Friday 21st December as they started the three-week Christmas and New Year Holiday. Work begins again on Monday 14th January 2019.

St Mary's School broke up on Friday 14th and the Island Store closed on Wednesday 19th December. Thursday 20th December was the last day of opening for the Internet Cafe and, surprisingly for those elsewhere in the world, the Albatross Bar, which will also remain closed until 14th January.

Islanders are well aware of these arrangements and stock up on festive food and drinks, as catering is based at home and at huts around the Potato Patches during the holidays.

Island Store staff and friends raise a glass to a Merry Christmas

Fishing Factory staff gather for their party
Staff tour other parties
H'admin staff relaxing A reminder that it's summer and people are really happy to be breaking-up for Christmas! Cheers!

Forward Programme

Church Services

At St Mary's Anglican Church Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib is at 11.30pm on Monday 24th December, and a Morning Service at 8.00am on Tuesday 25th December.

At St Joseph’s Catholic Church Midnight Mass is at at 11.30pm on Monday 24th December and a Morning Service at 9.00am on Tuesday 1st January.

Old Year's Night

The Administrator has invited everyone to the Residency for drinks between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Thereafter everyone is invited to the residence of the Acting Chief Islander, Emma Swain.

We aim to publish more photo-reports of the Christmas and New Year Holiday in the coming days.

2018 Sheep Shearing Day

Annual pre-Christmas event involving the whole community on 15th December 2018.
20-Dec-2018
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