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Miss Labasa Celebrates Diwali Away From home

For Miss Labasa Sheral Chand, being away from home this Diwali is something she did not foresee while being part of the 2017 Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant. Ms Chand, 23,
20 Oct 2017 10:14
Miss Labasa Celebrates Diwali Away From home
Miss Labasa Sheral Chand (front middle right), and Miss Suva Candace Veramu (front middle left), show their Diwali greetings with other contestants. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

For Miss Labasa Sheral Chand, being away from home this Diwali is something she did not foresee while being part of the 2017 Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant.

Ms Chand, 23, said she was missing her family back home in Delailabasa, Labasa, but her mission to make the people of the North proud must go on.

“This Diwali I am surrounded by new friends, a new family and Fiji being a multiracial country; this festivity is one of those moments where we gather as one,” she said.

Ms Chand said for Fiji, Diwali is being celebrated by all ethnic groups just as Christmas brings the nation together.

Being a staff nurse at the Labasa Hospital, she said the pageant would be a challenge but was looking forward to another successful event.

Meanwhile, Miss Ovalau Eka Buadromo, 23, said wearing an Indian costume for Diwali was a first experience.

“This is a first for me, I got so excited when we were informed that we needed to wear an Indo-Fijian costume. I feel so good to be among a family who are seen as one,” Ms Buadromo said.

The school teacher is happy to see the 11 contestants gathered as a family and learning about their respective cultures and traditions.

Tomorrow afternoon contestants will gather at Thurston Gardens to mark the opening of the 2017 Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant.

The contestants are winners from the different municipalities around Fiji competing for the Miss Fiji crown. The crowning will be held on October 28th.

Fiji is hosting this year’s Miss Pacific Island pageant, to be held in Nadi later this year.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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