French Polynesia

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Festivals and Events in French Polynesia

It is festive season on the islands all year round as the islanders truly know how to celebrate life but some of the special times to be on the islands are during the festivals/ special events like the annual Moorea Marathon in February, that attracts plenty of participants.

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Religion in French Polynesia

Christianity is the main religion of the islands: a majority (54%) belong to various Protestant churches and a large minority (30%) are Roman Catholic. Slightly more than 50% of French Polynesia's population belongs to the Maói Protestant Church, the largest Protestant denomination. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had 21,884 members as of 2012.There were about 3,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Tahiti as of 2014.

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Administrative divisions of French Polynesia

There are two levels of administrative divisions of French Polynesia and five administrative subdivisions (French: subdivisions administratives). Each of these is further divided into a total of 48 communes. Many of the communes are further subdivided into communes associées. The breakdown into administrative subdivisions was as a result of decree #72-408 of May 17, 1972, and the communes were thereafter established as a result of law #71-1028, dated December 24, 1971.