It is Fiji Day

Fred Wesley | Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Whatever your take is on today, we hope you will value it, and consider the impact of this day back in 1970 on our nation, what it stands for today, and how we have developed.
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
Fred Wesley. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Today is a very special day for Fijians.

We celebrate our independence from Great Britain.

We also have an opportunity to remember how we have fared over the decades.

Perhaps we could accept that today is about belief in our way of life, acceptance of our place as individuals in the mechanics of how life revolves in Fiji, and an appreciation of people from different walks of life who make up our multi-racial population.

Today should also be about who we are, and how we live together in peace and harmony despite our differences.

We belong to a special group of people, the majority having accepted life as Fijians, and casting aside every imaginary demarcation line hinging on ethnicity, religion and racial make-up.

Today is about celebrating our identity as people of a nation, with great pride and patriotism.

Today is about Fiji.

Let us remind ourselves about the important place we share with over 850,000 other people.

Without a doubt, we share many thoughts.

Among many things, we are sports crazy people for instance. We rejoice every time our sevens rugby team wins at international level. We cheer for the Flying Fijians and back fellow Fijians in other international sides. Surely we will all come together as one to cheer on our Bati at this year's Rugby League World Cup in Australia later this month.

We all rejoiced, and united as a nation when Ben Ryan led our sevens rugby team to that historic gold medal victory at the Olympic Games in Rio last year.

As a nation, we united to celebrate that massive achievement. It united us, and gave us a reason to bask in the limelight, and be joyful.

We are friendly people and we love a lot of things about our country even though we take a lot of things for granted.

Today let us also take time out to reflect on many things that have happened over the decades to help shape our nation. Some were positive and some weren't.

It is important for us to look back into the past though to ensure we do not stumble in the future.

Let us continue to put aside our differences and dedicate ourselves to lift our nation to great heights.

We can make a difference. We have the power to build a better Fiji together, for ourselves and for our future generations. Let us celebrate today and mean what we say when we call ourselves Fijians.

We have to be grateful and appreciative of this very special day in our nation's calendar.

We wish all our readers a happy, safe and memorable Fiji Day wherever you are in the world.

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