Sleeping is an important part of life on Tuvalu. It is the ultimate time killer – if you don’t have anything to do, if you have eaten too much, if you are too hot or if you are just bored – JUST SLEEP – siesta can be at any time of the day!
Tuvalu is situated just south of the equator and the sun is always shining right upon us. This makes the heat another challenge. So at any time between nine and four can be so hot (and even hotter if there is no wind) that you actually can’t do anything but to lay down and relax if you don’t want to collapse of water shortage or a heat-stroke (this is especially true for us Palagis – foreigners), and what can then be better than a nice hammock in the shadow of two coconut trees?
But take care: After-lunch-sleeping is extremely addictive;)
Sleeping is also an integrated part of the social life. The many functions often lasts until the early morning and sometimes during several days. To the functions, the familys function kit includes a basket of food and drinks, a mat (papa – made of pandanus) and pillows (!). When the food is consumed and the speeches are made, the children and those who are tired can go to sleep for a bit and then continue the party when they are more rested.
Manuia Tepo (good night)!