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Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits at Nadi Street Party

Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits at Nadi Street Party
People at the FBC Street Party at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on 31 December 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
January 02
11:00 2018

“IT IS IMPORTANT WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF A YEAR THAT YOU REFLECT ON ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE AND HOW THEY SHAPED OUR COMMUNITY,” CHIEF GUEST PETER HOPGOOD SAID AT THE SIGATOKA TOWN PARTY

A heavy downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of mer­rymakers who celebrated the arrival of the New Year, during the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation street party at Koroivolu Park in Nadi on Sunday night.

People of all backgrounds gathered with families and friends, dancing to the music as they marked the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.

Ranjeeta Lal, 24, of Navo in Nadi was happy to be part of the street party with friends.

“The music is cool and the best way to welcome the New Year is to be with friends because we get to have lots of fun, seeing people danc­ing creates happiness in me,” she said with a smile.

The night also brought together families who enjoyed their time sit­ting in groups to share a bowl of kava with loved ones or friends. Kel­epi Seniwale, 45, said it was a night to be with his family.

“The best part of being here is that we get to welcome the New Year with family while we listen to the wonderful music from FBC,” the fa­ther of six said.

For Avinesh Ray, 30, of Nawaicoba in Nadi it was the first time for him to attend a street party.

“I travelled quite a distance to be part of this street party and despite the heavy rain I just wanted to be part of the countdown to the New Year. The music was good and I en­joyed it,” he said.

“We felt safe because the Police were around and it was an alcohol-free party.”

Police officers were out in numbers to make sure revelers were safe as they welcomed another new year.

Sigatoka celebrate in style

Music echoed through the small town as people from all walks of life gathered with families and friends to dance the night away.

Peter Hopgood general manager, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort offici­ated at the annual Sigatoka street party which was revived on Satur­day night after a lapse of four years. Mr Hopgood congratulated the town council for putting up such an amaz­ing event. He said it was a moment that people could gather together as a community to reflect on the achievements they have made.

“It is important when you come to the end of a year that you reflect on all the things that have taken place and how they shaped our commu­nity,” Mr Hopgood said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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