Celebrating Fiji Day

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu | Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Fiji was a sea of blue as people from all corners celebrated Fiji's 47th Independence Day.
People in Blue flocked the grounds of Prince Charles Park during the Fiji Day celebration yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND
People in Blue flocked the grounds of Prince Charles Park during the Fiji Day celebration yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

While returning home from work on Monday, I was delighted to see the staff of a garment factory dressed in their beautiful blue kalavata.

The idea of celebrating Fiji Day is to generate passion and create patriotism so that we work together to make our beautiful island grow.

Forty-seven years of independence and 47 years of prosperity and growth! Forty-seven years ago, Fiji became an independent sovereign State and whatever the outcome, like many patriotic Fijians, Fiji will always be home to me!

Fiji has withstood political unrest and natural disasters but has surged as a peaceful and multiracial country with a unique and rich history.

Who can forget the scenes of jubilation when our boys won our first Olympics gold medal in Rio.

We saw crazy Fijians, who forgot age, gender, colour and ethnicity but joined hands to dance on the streets wildly when Fiji won in Rio.

The clouds of happiness and unity shown on August 12, 2016 should remain intact and the importance of Fiji gaining independence should be emphasised to every individual.

In Fiji we are fortunate enough to celebrate our major religious festivals together. We share sweets, food and savouries during Diwali and Eid and share the joys and lights from the festive season. We share religious values and lessons. Only a true and patriotic Fijian can boast of so much diversity, tolerance and beauty!

Let us not be distracted by elements who are trying to break this unity but remain united and focused in taking Fiji forward!

The words in our national anthem "land of freedom, hope and glory to endure whatever befall, God bless Fiji" should be an apt reminder that we must promote goodwill and peace!

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