Christmas celebration in Fiji is somewhat different from the way this festival is observed in countries such as the US and Canada. In Fiji, this festival is more about family get-togethers rather than extravagant decorations and fireworks. Here's how it is celebrated in Fiji. Christmas Celebrations in Fiji.
Observance on Christmas Eve: Fijians spend Christmas visiting churches to 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.
Family gathering and musical events
- Two weeks before December 25, people gather together at the largest house in the community and stay there till two weeks after New Year's Day.
- 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.
- People light lamps to decorate the whole area where the 'Meke' dance is performed.
- Christmas trees are also adorned with colorful ribbons and candles are used to decorate homes.
Special food and feasting
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 communal (please change this word) 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
Beach picnics and parties are also held during Christmas - these parties continue till the New Year.
Christmas Vacation in Fiji
Some of the places you can visit during your Christmas vacation in Fiji are Nadi, located in the island of Viti Levu, and Plantation Island Resort. While you fly to Nadi, you will enjoy the deep blue ocean, the coral reefs, the high mountains and the greenery. You will also like visiting Port Denerau, the modern harbor in Nadi.
The Plantation Island Resort is located just 10 miles along the west of Nadi International Airport. The white sandy beaches, the sea, and the landscaped gardens with coconut palms make this resort a must visit.
This island resort also provides plenty of opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and water skiing. So, you do have plenty of things to keep yourself busy during your vacation in Fiji.
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. So, gear up for all the fun and have a great time in Fiji this holiday season.