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Editorial: Let’s Smile, 47 Years Of Independence

Editorial: Let’s Smile, 47 Years Of Independence
October 10
16:17 2017

It is Fiji Day celebrations all around Fiji and Fijians around the world are either gathered at home or already out with their families celebrating this special day.

So let’s smile, Fiji; it is time to reflect on 47 years of our nation’s independence.

Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874 and it took 96 years before she regained her independence to become one of the most developed countries in the Pacific.

Let’s celebrate this day not only with our loved ones but also with our neighbours whatever religion or ethnic group they may belong to.

Step out of your home, whether you’re going to work today or not, grab the chance to smile to the person beside you and say ‘Happy Fiji Day’.

For the first time the main celebration will be at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park with other celebrations held at the Vunidawa Primary School in Naitasiri, Nasau Park at Levuka and Waiyevo Grounds on Taveuni Island today.

Nadi will be a hive of activity and pomp with the Saint Thomas School band leading the schools’ march through the town to Prince Charles Park.

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be at the celebrations, the very first national Fiji Day celebration to be held in Nadi.

The President Major General (Rtd) Jioji Konrote will be accorded the presidential salute, with the trooping of the colour and 21-gun salute.

Let us all carry the Fiji flag with pride and sing the ‘noble banner blue’.

The Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has said that as a sovereign state we must show great resilience by overcoming many challenges along the way.

“Fiji is a home to many and with our inclusive theme ‘Fiji-an all-inclusive and caring nation’ we should all unite and celebrate our state’s independence,” he said.

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