Fiji Day

Fiji Day

October 10
It took 96 years for Great Britain to transfer its claim on Fiji to the island nation's indigenous leadership. However, Fijians still celebrate the date of the signing of the 1874 Deed of Cession, the document that initiated the protracted process that culminated in Fiji's independence in 1970.
The anniversary is celebrated nationwide. The main events take place at the Site of Cession in the town of Levuka, located on the island of Ovalau, and in the present-day capital city, Suva.
In Levuka, festivities focus on the historical aspects of Fiji Day. Fijians will dress up in traditional garb to re-enact of the Deed of Cession. In Suva, leaders, dignitaries, and citizens gather in historic Albert Park for addresses by the president and the prime minister. There is also a parade by military forces, the singing of the national anthem, and a ceremonial firing of cannons. In other communities throughout the islands, Fijians hold oratory contests and stage cultural performances.
CONTACTS:
Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Culture & Heritage
P.O. Box 2100
Government Buildings
Suva, Fiji
www.culture.gov.fj
Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands
2000 M St. N.W., Ste. 710
Washington, DC 20036
202-466-8320; fax: 202-466-8325
www.fijiembassydc.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 181
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