It is a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific. Two main islands which are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. It consists 332 islands surrounding these two islands and only 110 are inhabited. Capital city is Suva. Highest point :Mount Tomanivi at 4,344 feet. Climate: Tropical marine, only slight seasonal temperature variation.
Dance in Fiji is symbolic of the salad bowl of cultures that exists on the islands. Modern instruments such as guitar and the mandolin are common , as are Western methods of composing music. The most popular dance is the meke,which is a combination of dance and story telling. The Indo- Fijians have, made their own indelible mark on the Fijian dance scene.
The music of Fiji represents the indigenous tradition along with those of China,Europe and other pacific islands. Fijian music styles and structures include and combine Polynesian and Melanesian music. modern Fijians play guitar, ukulele and mandolin along with a variety of indigenous instruments. Lali drums were an important part of traditional Fijian culture, used to announce births, deaths and wars.
. Fiji Art is the complete presentation of the FijiCulture.. Art and Craft of Fiji is various and really some goodpieces are crafted out and are used locally or aspresentations in the Fijian ceremonies..The weaving material of Fiji Art is done from twosources namely Pandanus and Coconut..The process of weaving is quite lengthy and hecticand it usually takes number of days before thematerials are ready to be. ."The Tapa Cloth material" and its origin is fromthe mulberry leaves.
According to Fijian legend the chief,Lutunasobasoba led his people across the sea to the new land of Fiji. Greatest of all Fijian Gods Degei, the snake god. In the beginning he lived alone, without friends or companions. The only living creature he knew was Turukawa the hawk. Although the hawk could not speak he was the constant companion of the god.
Fijian food has a wonderful of the spicy curries that are influenced by the indian people. The coconut, fish, sweet potato, cassava and the other vegetables that the Fijians bring to the culture. Over time this food has been developed and involved to the current mix of flavours we experience now. For special occasions including weddings and funerals the fijian’s perform a lovo. It is a feast for the whole family of traditional fijian food which is cooked in the ground.
One of the biggest customs is the Yaqona Ceremony. Yaqona, which is also known as Kava, comes from the dried root of the pepper plant and is a tranquilizing, nonalcoholic drink. The yaqona is ceremonially prepared according to local traditions (by pulverizing the root into a powder and then mixing it with your hands with water in a tanoa or wooden bowl). Everyone then partakes of the drink in a simple ceremony.
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