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Family Celebration For Father’s Day

Family Celebration For Father’s Day
From left: Makelesi Mototabua, Vasemaca Vakacivo, MilianaLewalili and MaretaTauva at their market stall in Suva on August 18, 2017. Photo: Wilona Ravato
August 25
11:09 2017

Naiyalayala settlement 42-year-old mother Makelesi Mototabua sells food crops and vegetables at the Suva Market.

For this Father’s Day she plans to be at the market from Monday to Saturday and use the money for their celebration.

She is planning to celebrate the day with her family at the settlement in Tailevu with a small lovo.

“I have planned this father’s day to be special, we will have a small lovo and may be grog session in the village” she said.

She said for her it would be double celebration.

“I’ll be celebrating with my father and my husband.”

Her husband, Pio Tikoilevuka is a farmer and helps her in harvesting cabbages, cassava, coconuts, chillies for her to sell at the market.

“My coconuts sell fast and my cassava especially during the school holidays and the Methodist annual conference.

“She said she was hoping to get good sales this week as many are preparing for Father’s Day.

When asked about other market vendors, she said they were also preparing for the rush from customers to buy dalo.

Most of the families according to Ms Mototabua always want dalo for a big occasion such as Father’s Day.

For someone who has been selling for 30 years, she knows what the customers like to buy when preparing for an event like Father’s Day.
“They go for vegetables especially rourou for palusami.”

She always sells rourou for palusami and customers usually buy her supplies.

“I must see that I don’t run out of rourou.”

She said she had her suppliers and for this week he was making extra orders for rourou.

For Father’s Day she said she would surprise her husband with a gift.

In fact for her and the family, its Father’s day every day.

Father’s Day will be celebrated on September 10.


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