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Grog vendors find it’s better to give than to receive

  Christmas brings forth the spirit of giving without a thought of receiving, says Marica Tuwaisele a representative of 30 grog vendors at Labasa Market. During their small, but meaningful
20 Dec 2017 11:00
Grog vendors find it’s better to give than to receive
Grog stall market vendors celebrated Christmas at Labasa market on December 19, 2017. Photo: Shratika Naidu

 

Christmas brings forth the spirit of giving without a thought of receiving, says Marica Tuwaisele a representative of 30 grog vendors at Labasa Market.

During their small, but meaningful Christmas celebration yesterday she said it was the first time vendors got together to celebrate.

“Christmas is not about making lots of money during the week so that we can buy expensive gifts and food for the family,” Mrs Tuwaisele said.

“It’s about giving your time, energy or expression of love through the presentation of gifts to people, who deserve them most.

“Hence, we decided to buy whatever gift and snacks we could afford and sat together under this small tent in front of the Christmas tree.

“Many vendors worry whether they will make enough profit to buy something for Christmas. We are affected by changing times so we thought about those, who would not be able to celebrate Christmas. For them we bought special gifts and wished them Merry Christmas without expecting anything in return. This is the real meaning of Christmas.”

Perima Marama, 59, of Taveuni Island, said during such special moments it was important to practise giving.

She has been selling grog at Labasa Market for 10 years.

“As vendors our lives are not the same like other white collar job where you get fixed income weekly or fortnightly,” Mrs Marama said.

“During such times we get to reflect on whether we are willing to give when we don’t have enough in our pockets or save for the big day only for the family.

“There is joy and satisfaction in giving to those, who need it most or who deserve a ray of hope. It’s our way to show someone cares for them this Christmas.

“That is why we organised a small gathering for grog vendors to share the Christmas spirit.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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