Fiji Day 2017
Fijians around the country and the world gathered together on the 10th of October to celebrate Fiji Day. At Mantaray Island Resort we did too!
What is Fiji Day?
Fiji Day is a day that commemorates two major events in Fiji’s History. On October 10th 187, King Seru Epenisa Cakobau ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom. On the same date in 1970, Fiji regained its independence. Fiji Day is a proud day for the Fijian people. It is a day of fun and festivities. A day that represents pride and unity. At Mantaray Island Resort we were excited to join in the fun!
Fun at Mantaray!
The staff at Mantaray Island planned for weeks in advance to get their outfits just perfect! Sporting a bright blue Fiji shirt and matching Sulu.
The staff wanted to show the guests what it means to be Fijian so they started with a Kava ceremony while teaching everyone the history of Fiji. Kava is a traditional Fijian drink that is made with the root of the Kava plant. The name “kava” comes from the Polynesian word “awa,” which means bitter. Traditionally only chiefs of Fiji could drink Kava, but in modern times it is a beverage that is enjoyed by all Fijian people.
Then it was time for the Meke! A series of traditional Fijian dances and songs. The Fijian dance, or Meke, is about telling a story. Having no written history, Meke is a way to account our history and ensure our culture and traditions stay alive.
Fiji Day Games
But it didn’t stop there! Next were the games. Staff and guests mingled to prove who was the strongest and fastest team.
All in all an amazing day of fun and festivities and one that we are greatly looking forward to sharing with you again next year!