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Special week for all of us

This is a special week for our nation – and not just because of the Interdistrict soccer tournament. We are celebrating the 42nd year of our independence with a very
08 Oct 2012 15:10

This is a special week for our nation – and not just because of the Interdistrict soccer tournament.
We are celebrating the 42nd year of our independence with a very special Fiji Day.
The Government wants this to be a day all Fijians can join in and enjoy, a day we celebrate together.
It has encouraged all Fijians to join in and celebrate by flying a Fiji flag and getting together for a ‘lovo’.
The official theme is ‘Celebrating a United Fiji’.
Permanent  Secretary  for Information, Sharon  Smith-Johns has put it very well when she said:
“We are a remarkable people with diverse cultures, religions and ethnicity, we have a lot to be proud of and many reasons to celebrate.”
Efforts are being made to make the official celebrations inclusive.
This includes friendship marches in the four main divisional centres, Suva, Lautoka, Levuka and Labasa
SUVA: On Wednesday the celebrations in the capital start with the march from the Flea Market to Albert Park.
There, according to information from the Ministry of Information “the Fiji Military Forces will perform an exhibition including a military parade which will be  inspected by His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau followed by a 21 gun salute signifying the momentous occasion.
“A hive of entertainment rings in following the official part of the event with  food stalls, ferris wheel and bouncy castles for children. The police jazz band will also be performing as well as meke groups and other entertainment.
“Major businesses and the private sector and government ministries will be on hand to display their services to the people.”
Other highlights include:
LEVUKA on Wednesday: Minister for Primary Industries and Acting Minister for Defence and National Security Joketani Cokanasiga will be chief guest.
Events include a handicraft competition, branding of Levuka, traditional dances, public shows and more.
LAUTOKA on Tuesday: Minister for Local Government, Urban Development and Housing Colonel Samuela Saumatua will lead these festivities for the western division.
LABASA on Tuesday: chief guest Dr Samuela Bogitini will lead the celebrations.
As Ms Smith-Johns has emphasised, Fiji Day is about unity and celebration.
If you are unable to come along to the main celebrations then get together with friends and family.
As her ministry’s campaign says ‘put up a flag and put down a lovo’, invite your neighbours over. Make this Fiji Day one to remember.




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