The three Tikanga Youth Sunday was set aside at General Synod in 2002. It is the nearest Sunday to the 19th October, the day the church remembers a young Maori woman, Tarore of Waharoa. You can go back to the 19th via our calendar and read her story, if you missed it.
Up until 2002 each Tikanga celebrated its own Youth Sunday. The Tikanga Youth Exchange in Fiji in 2001 decided that we needed a Sunday when the whole Anglican Church in Aotearoa-New Zealand and Polynesia celebrated youth. On that occasion Tikanga Maori suggested that it be connected to Tarore the youngest NZ saint in our calendar.
The Three Tikanga Youth Sunday is an opportunity for the church to:
- Celebrate young people
- Further ministry among youth
- Celebrate the cultural diversity of our young people and nurturing three Tikanga relationships.
Today is the last day of Sukkot but at Sunset tonight when the new day begins for Jews an extra Jewish Holiday called Shemini Atzeret begins. It is called in the Bible simply “the 8th day of Assembly.” Sukkot is one of the 3 great festivals that everyone went to Jerusalem to celebrate and it is said that God enjoys the rejoicing and celebration of Sukkot so much that he asked everyone to hold back one more day before leaving to return home. So unofficially Sukkot is one day longer and some celebrate Shemini Atzeret in the Sukkah still as with Sukkot, others do not, but all still do the candle-lighting, it is considered a separate but connected holiday.