Fiji is a charming country made up of 300 islands which make the area tropical. Beautiful landscape of the country make it more captivating and tempt tourist towards itself. Fiji has charm in itself. As it is considered as one of the premium holiday destinations for tourists.
Fiji spends 10 October as its national day. This day reminds both events held in FIJI, S history, i.e., the day when Fiji nation succumbed in front of United Kingdom back in the 18th century and the day when they achieved the independence in the 19th century. Fijians spend independence day and slavery day on the same date. They spend the whole week for the celebrations on this special day.
In this week they perform religious, cultural, and traditional activities. They spend a whole week for the celebrations of this particular event. It includes patriotic events, prayer, and cultural rituals as they are the people who truly know the worth of liberty and freedom. This year they will be celebrating their 49th year of freedom from the British.
Fiji national anthem is in its native language, which means “God Bless Fiji.” Melody was modified version from a religious poem of famous writer Charles Austin Micheal Francis formed miles and its lyrics. Further, it is translated into many languages. The national anthem depicts the voice of Fiji people seeking blessing, peace, and prosperity for the country and its nation. The words and melody of the anthem are quite influential and deep. It was composed in 1911, but its lyrics were written later.
Moreover, its melody has won the best prize in a contest of nationwide. Its English version is sung more as compare to Fijian one. As they both have different meanings. As most of Fiji nation now English so it is mostly sung in English. But the motive behind this anthem is asking blessings and forgiveness from God. However, the Fiji government has declared that its Fiji and English version are uncommon to each other.
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So, the area OF the flag depicts that islands and oceans surround the country. Moreover, the stripped shield with red crosses on the upper left shows its historical bonding between the United Kingdom and the country,s agricultural activities. As the shield has four boxes which portray a coconut tree, sugar cane, peace dove and banana tree. Back in 2013, Fiji,s prime minister announced to change the flag. However, the idea wouldn,t be implemented till now. The purpose of this idea is to come up with a new identity without the influence of any British history.
Fiji has three 3 languages officially that includes English, Hindi and Fijian but mostly native of Fiji
speak Fijian. Fijian is made with combining thousand of languages all across the globe. Moreover, Hindi is also an official language of Fiji. As it is spoken by many Fijian of Hindi background. Apart from this, English is also spoken commonly in Fiji because of its historical relations with the UK.
Capital of the Nation
Suva is the capital of the country. It serves as a main hub of the country for everything, including cultural, religious, political, and tourism aspects. The city contains the country,s largest cultural and political places. As the city surrounded by tropical premises, so it has a moist rainy/windy kind of climate. Almost everyday Suva faces the rain. Also, it is the capital, so the government has managed the city quite well.
The official currency is Fijian dollar that is in the form of aluminum bronze coin.
National dress of Fiji is “solu” which is similar to a skirt style and worn by both men and women. This is introduced by Britishers to indicate the conversion of Fijians to Christianity, and till then it becomes an official dress of Fiji. As the world getting modern day by day, Fijians are also coming up with new fashions in sulu such as buckles. Wearing sulu is sometimes compulsory for the natives while attending ceremonies.
Light blue is the national color of Fiji as it portrays the area is full of islands and greenery. Moreover, the color also depicts that Fijian people promote peace and harmony among each other. That is the reason for the blue color in their flag.
Fiji,s national airline is “ Fiji,s airways” that flies to 13 countries including Australia, Newzealand, Hongkong, Tokyo, US, etc. Australian aviator founded the airline but later after independence owns by Fiji government. Moreover, it is the part of air pacific group.
Fiji national museum is located in Suva (Fiji,s capital) in the botanical gardens of the city and it was inaugurated in 1955. The museum preserves ancient archaeological, cultural and historical objects of country. It includes war accessories, cannibalism evidence, and much more. Also, the museum has a research department that does proper research whenever any archaeological found and preserve them.
Fiji national stadium name ANZ national stadium is located in Suva. It is basically for sports such as rugby and football. The stadium accommodates 15000 people at a time. Behind the stadium, there is a park and playgrounds where people can come and practice sports. These playgrounds have three pitches, with the small stadium and artificial track.
Rugby is a national game of Fiji. Moreover, various games are also played widely on the other side of the country, such as boating and wrestling, etc. As well as it has the privilege to take part in rugby world championship 5 times. They have won many titles and medals in rugby. Fiji has now competed in other sports too including basketball, wrestling, football, and boating. Some notable sportsman of Fiji are Bobby Singh, Vijay Singh, David Rodan, Ivor Evan and many more.
As Fiji is a country made in collaboration with more than 300 islands. It has no specific river. However, its main island is “Viti Levou.” As it is the most visited island by tourists.
As it is a tourism hub, so there are many parks in Fiji to visit. These parks include Bouma National Heritage Park, Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Waitabu Marine Park, Nausori Highland, Sigatoka Sandunes National Park. Fiji has a unique and clear environment and enthralling beauty. These parks majorly contribute to the beauty of Fiji as it is the main source of raising money. These parks are adventurous as they have trails, waterfalls, forests, waterfalls and green lands.
Fiji don,t have any particular national zoo. But it has a famous wildlife zoo name Kula Wild eco Park is one of the distinctive parks of Fiji. This park is quite economical as well as an ecological preserve. Moreover, the park is not government property, and a private person owns it .it has fun rides, waterfalls, greenery, and wildlife.
Moreover, the park has the privilege of being an “’ excellence in tourism” award holder. Also, the park provides classes to enlighten people and children regarding Fiji,s environment, nature, and wildlife. The park aims to preserve the unique wildlife species to prevent them from extinct. The park also provides a guided tour to tourists.
Fiji doesn’t own a national tree, but its flag has a palm tree which may symbolize it’s like a national tree. The idea behind this tree on the flag is that Fiji,s people wants to have agricultural blessing upon them. As the area is tropical and has many islands. So, there are numerous palm tree in Fiji. That’s why we may consider that palm tree is Fiji,s national tree.
National flower of Fiji is “ Tagimuchia flower.” It is a red colored flower with soft petals. The specialty of this flower is it only grows in Fiji else it grows nowhere. It is a rare and unique plant that is formed due to volcanic activities on the island of Fiji. Tagimaucia is a Fiji word which means “a vine of flowers” as its colors resemble a vine of red grapes.
People have tried to grow the flower out of its habitat, but all attempts got failed. The flower is only grown in its comfortable Ecosystem. Moreover, there are myths made by Fijian people regarding this flower which states that flowers were formed due to the tears of a princess who were forcefully married to some person of her father,s choice but loved someone else. Fiji honored their natural flower by issuing currency with the flower printed on it. That shows the importance of this flower. Moreover, it grows only from October to December and grows almost at the height of 600m.
Fiji don,t have any national animal, but Iguana is the animal which found In Fiji most. Iguana is a lizard kind of species that founds in tropical areas. People do consider this species as a pet. It is a greenish colored and have scales on it and found almost all over in Suva.
Fiji,s national bird is collared lory. In Fiji,s language it is known as “kula.” The bird mostly lives in rain and tropical areas. The collared lory has an upper part greenish color with bright chest, and a face has a crown of purple color. Mostly the bird found in pairs or groups. They fed themselves with seeds, flowers, and nectors recently Fiji government issued the coins embedded with the national bird, and the color of this coin is light greenish. The bird,s overall attire is quite fascinating as it is not seen everywhere in the world. Its vibrant colors and beautiful appearance portrays how appealing and unique this bird is.
Fiji national dish is Rourou, which is cooked from dalo and taru leaves. The dish is cooked in coconut water and served as a soup or gravy with fish/chicken. Most of the Fijian dishes are cooked in coconut oil, so they are quite healthy and tasty. The national dish” Rourou” is mostly consumed in dinner. Native people prefer natural food to consume, which includes seafood, coconut, dairy products, and fruits. As Fiji is a tropical area, so most of the food consumed is natural food free from artificial flavors. This food includes seafood, various herbs, sugarcane, and chicken.
Yaqona is a national drink of Fiji. It is seductive ” kava” which is a mixture of various roots of plants and water. After having a drink, people feel relaxed, and the mind becomes numb. It is quite tasty drink and not made with any chemicals. It is made with all natural plants and herbs. That makes you a little numb or relaxed for a while. It is considered as a seductive natural drug because after this you became out of your senses for a while, but it doesn’t,t have any side effects.
There are 9 official holidays of Fiji. Another interesting fact about Fiji is that if the holiday falls on weekends, then it is shifted to the other working day. It means the holiday cannot be missed due to weekends. These national days include new years, Easter, Good Friday, constitution day, Fiji day, Diwali, Prophet birthday, and Christmas. Apart from Fiji day, Fiji celebrates and considered every religion important and respects every religion, so he declared a national holiday on the big occasion of every religion. This depicts how strongly Fiji promotes peace among people of every religion.
As Fiji earned most of its income through tourism because of its natural landscape and charming view, every year many tourists visit Fiji. That increase the economy of Fiji every-year notably. Moreover, it has many natural resources, such as the sea, forests, islands, and trees. Fiji GDP is estimated to be 8.37 billion. It is quite a good GDP and shows that Fiji is going towards the betterment and prosperity and using its resources well to increase their net income every coming year. As they are introducing more opportunities for tourism.