Tapati Festival, Easter Island, by  Eric Lafforgue.Tapati…

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Tapati Festival, Easter Island, by  Eric Lafforgue.

Tapati Festival in Easter Island is a mix of carnival, sports, theatrical presentations and homage to Rapa Nui, it is celebrated annually in January and February; the sporting competitions are based on ancient sports, such as sliding down a cliff on a banana trunk in haka pei, swimming, oaring across Rano Raraku Lake in a reed tortora raft and racing around the lake balancing heavy banana bunches over the shoulders; there are also dance competitions, parades with floats and costumed figures, that tourists are invited to join, and the crowning of the queen of the festival, in 2012 the winner was Lili Pate.  

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