The 1st of January 2012, marked the official beginning of the 50th year of Independence for Samoa. A special thanksgiving Service was held at the Parliement House at Mulinu’u to celebrate 50 years of Sovereignty since Samoa became an Independent island State, from New Zealand, on 1st January 1962.
Polynesian Xplorer was at the event organized by the Joint Chairpersons of the Independence Committee 2012, launching in earnest the Celebrations for the 50th anniversary. The logo has been unveiled and combines the work of two artists who won the competition for the design of the logo reminding of a Samoan proverb referring to the fishermen heading home from a deep-sea expedition, the fish-carriers in the shallow lagoon and the village elders – in the shelter- praying for the seafarers success and safe passage home. In fact, Samoa was known by early European explorers of the Pacific islands as The Navigators Islands in recognition for the extent of their skills in sailing and voyaging.
The year-long independence festivities have officially kicked-off on the stroke of the New Year when Church bells rang across the country. Now is time to plan your trip to Samoa and be part of the many celebrations, festivals, events and commemorative days that will be integrated into the 50th celebrations. This is Samoa’s year – be part of it!