Fiji Day is annually observed on October 10. The Republic of Fiji is a small island nation situated 1,100 miles northeast of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. Recognized for its archipelago comprising numerous smaller islands, Fiji is renowned for its paradisiacal white sand shores and a tropical climate characterized by warmth and breeze. Fiji Day marks the conclusion of Fiji Week, an occasion that honors the culture, religion, and history of the Fijian people. In addition to joy and celebration, this is an occasion for introspection and remembrance. Additionally, Fiji Day is observed in New Zealand and Australia.
The background of Fiji Day
Fiji Day marks two significant historical occurrences in the archipelago: Fiji’s annexation to the United Kingdom in 1874 and its subsequent attainment of independence in 1970. Despite the initial European exploration of the archipelago occurring in 1643 under the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the British colonial government seized authority over Fiji on October 10, 1874. Fiji Week concludes on Fiji Day with a series of religious and cultural celebrations honoring the ethnic diversity of the 110 islands inhabited by Fijian and Indian people.
The principal festivities of Fiji Day occur in Levuka, the location where the cession deed was originally executed. This occurrence commenced a 96-year progression that culminated in the attainment of independence by Fiji on October 10, 1970. These events promote local tourism while paying homage to Fiji’s illustrious past.
On this national holiday, Fijians don traditional attire and enact the events that transpired on October 10, 1874. Albert Park in the capital (Suva) serves as a gathering place for dignitaries, local officials, and citizens to attend addresses delivered by the President and Prime Minister of Fiji. The park was bequeathed to Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, in recognition of his significance as a historic site. Fiji Day also features military parades, the ceremonial discharge of artillery, and the performance of the national anthem, in addition to the aforementioned celebrations. Acts of homage to the cultures of the numerous Fijian communities are performed by the other inhabitants of the islands.
5 noteworthy facts regarding FIJI
Prior to the advent of Christianity, the Fijians engaged in human sacrifices and cannibalized their enemies.
Firewalking was a custom that the Sawau tribe initiated approximately five hundred years ago.
Established in 1994, the greatest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere is located in Fiji.
Rugby comprises approximately 80,000 registered participants in Fiji, or one in every ten individuals.
Approximately 800 plant species are unique to Fiji and are not found anywhere else on earth.
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