Travel Teacher | How is Christmas celebrated in Fiji?
How is Christmas celebrated in Fiji?
Apart from the noticeable differences such as the climate - it is very hot in Fiji in December, Fijians celebrate Christmas in much the same way as we do in the UK. Of the Christian holidays celebrated throughout Fiji, Christmas is, of course, paramount.
Traditional village celebrations take place in local Fijian villages around two weeks before Christmas day, you can expect gatherings of families and friends, church masses, carolling and lots of eating!!
it is tradition for village communities to gather at the largest house or community hall. where there will be singing and performing tradition ‘Meke’ fan (Woman) and spear (men) dances, as you can imagine there will be lots of colour and ribbons that decorate a tree.
Fijians are able to enjoy beautiful weather over the Christmas season and often make the most of it by heading to the beach for parties and picnics.
As with any Fijian celebration you can expect kava to be an integral part of the festivities, and lots of! In addition to the drinking Fijians traditionally celebrate Christmas with a huge lovo feast (cooking underground) consisting of chicken, beef, pork, fish, cassava and Dalo. Another special dish often served at Christmas time is Palusami, spiced mutton wrapped in leaves and cooked in coconut cream.
Children that are fortunate enough on Christmas morning will receive gifts in the form of books and small toys, however the less fortunate may not be able to provide these gestures to their children.
During an volunteer expedition with Travel Teacher you will have the opportunity to be a part of a remote village and live like a local, learning more about Christmas traditions and how communities faced with challenge celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.