Fiji officially known as the Republic of Fiji is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Its closest neighbors are Vanuatu to the west, France’s New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand’s Kermadec to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas, France’s Wallis and Futuna to the northeast and Tuvalu to the north.
Christmas Celebrations in Fiji :
In Fiji, Christmas is more about family get-togethers rather than extravagant decorations and fireworks. Fijians spend Christmas by visiting to the churches observe the midnight mass and listen to carols. At night, children expect Santa Claus to visit their homes and leave behind toys and gifts for them.
Two weeks before December 25, people gather together at the largest house in the community. They participate in singing, and enjoy the traditional “Meke” dance, which is usually a part of every important occasion in Fiji. This classic dance form involves a fan dance or “seasea” by women and a spear dance known as “Make wesi” by men. Christmas trees are also adorned with colorful ribbons and candles are used to decorate homes.
Christmas in Fiji is characterized by a variety of mouth-watering dishes. The people prefer to cook food in the “lovo” which is an oven full of stones, placed immediately outside their homes. They usually organize a feast for December 24 and 25. Some of the most favorite dishes eaten during Christmas in Fiji are garlic and spice filled chicken, pork, beef, fish, Dalo, and cassava. A special dish called “Palusami” is also cooked during the Christmas celebrations in Fiji. It is prepared by adding spices to mutton and wrapping it in Dalo leaves before cooking in coconut cream. A special drink known as “kava” is an integral part of the festive season.
The villagers organize parties whereas in towns and cities, people attend small parties at their friends and relatives’ homes. Traditionally, Christmas revelers in Fiji buy cakes instead of baking one at home.
Beach picnics and parties are also held during Christmas. Celebrating Christmas in Fiji can make a perfect holiday for anyone who’s interested to know how this festival is observed in different countries and cultures.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!