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Fiji Gained Independence From Britain 50 Years Ago

Fiji Day – the national day of Fiji, celebrated on October 10 – marks the anniversary of both Fiji’s cession to Britain in 1874 and its attainment of independence in 1970.
07 Oct 2020 10:18
Fiji Gained Independence From Britain 50 Years Ago
The Union Jack being lowered. Photo: National Archives of Fiji

Fiji celebrates 50 years of independence in 2020. The South Pacific island nation became a sovereign state in 1970 after almost a century of British colonial rule.

Fiji Day – the national day of Fiji, celebrated on October 10 – marks the anniversary of both Fiji’s cession to Britain in 1874 and its attainment of independence in 1970.

The week leading up to Fiji Day is known as Fiji Week and consists of a series of religious and cultural events that celebrate Fiji’s diversity.

Throughout the week, Fijians are expected to share traditional lovo food with family and friends, pitch flags, plant trees, and decorate their homes in the lead-up to Fiji Day itself, when military parades take place at Albert Park in the capital, Suva.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has said that this year’s Fiji Day celebration would be held at Albert Park at half-capacity in line with Covid-safe measures and it will be aired live throughout Fiji.

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