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Fast a feast of joy

August 12
13:51 2014

People from the four tikina and 93 villages of the Ra Province converged at the Ra High School on Sunday to mark the end of their three month fasting.

Nanukuloa village head man Paula Racaca said more than 5000 people from the province attended the church service.
Mr Racaca said the ceremonial lamp from the four tikina reached its final destination to officially mark the end of the ban.

He said the ban involved fasting and included placing a ban on yaqona, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. According to Mr Racaca the province had witnessed positive developments for the province and its people since May 4.

“It is great to see the people in big numbers with the 31 denominations present as well,” he added.

“There has been a lot of positive development in their homes, family. Wives are happy with the presence of their husband fulfilling their duties at home or in terms of farming, even listening to the call of the vanua. The youths are more involved as well with something useful.”

“From here on it is will be the individual’s decision if they want to continue to observe the ban,” Mr Racaca said.
Ra provincial administrator Kelepi Kubunameca, who is part of the committee alongside Roko Tui Ra Sakiusa Karavaki, called for a strong reconciliation for the vanua of Ra.

The four tikinas are Nalawa, Nailuva, Saivou and Rakiraki who all presented with their submissions on reconciliation.

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