What do You Know of Fijian Culture and its People?
Fiji is a lively nation with over three hundred islands with a tropical climate and a laid-back pace of life. Various cultural influences have left a historical mark in the country; yet, traditions remained alive and well over the years.
Explore the amazing cultural treasures of Fiji and its people by experiencing the warm and friendly culture of the islanders.
The people of Fiji
Fijians are the people with their ancestries rooted on the land through birth and identity. They are deeply connected to the community which makes Fijians’ family and communal virtues cherished. The people here are forthcoming, happy, and hospitable, wherein travelers find these traits as warm and refreshing.
“Bula!” That’s how Fijians often greet their neighbors and friends with a wave and smile. A tight handshake or a respectful nod is often passed between people, while the women tend to greet one another with a hug or a kiss on the cheek.
Life revolves around the family where households tend to be close-knit. Unlike, most European counterparts, Fijian elders are part of the loving family and are respected. The father serves as the breadwinner of the family and the wife oversees the house and the children. When children get married, the wife stays at the household of her husband.
A typical Fijian household is composed of extended families which are considered as mataqali or patrilineal sub-clans. They live in the same area and make an exclusive claim to that space. It’s typical to see sub-clans extending their networks to shared relatives and form clans of their own called yavusa.
Fiji is mainly patriarchal where all major decisions and careers are done by men. The paternalism hinders opportunities for Fijian women who carry social expectations within their communities. However, throughout the years, there’s a rise in the female-headed workplace, political atmosphere, and households.
Fijian culture and customs, particularly their ambiance, songs, and smiles are captivating. Anywhere on the island, you'll be greeted with warm eyes and kind gestures.
‘Mai kana!’ Come and eat! Traditional Fijian food is offered as delicious cuisines in hotels around the world. Fijian dishes are cooked over lovo, an underground oven using hot stones. Why not have a delicious taste of purine, kokoda, or rourou?
“Au sa lako tiko ki Lotu ka masu.” Religion is deeply ebbed in Fijian culture and there are various religions in the nation due to the multicultural heritage influences of the nation. You can find Christians, Muslims, and Hindus going to beautiful Christian churches, mosques, and temples.
Arts and crafts
Fijian paintings depict their Polynesian and Melanesian heritage and identity. Fijian women are known for their pottery and weaving, which are governed by strict rituals as well. Men’s crafts are known for carving and canoe-making as much as their crafting of adorned weapons and home items.
Music, dance, and literature
Fijians play various stringed instruments such as the guitar and ukulele along with lali drums. Music is being played in different folk dances such as the Meke which includes the art of seasea (fan dance) and meke wesi (spear dance).