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Village In Macuata Carries On New Year Tradition

In a village in the province of Macuata, the traditional celebration of New Year as many Fijians know it, is still alive. The Wailevu Village children get together from the
06 Jan 2018 11:00
Village In Macuata Carries On New Year Tradition
Children of Wailevu village using old tins touse it as drums. PHOTO: NACANIELI TUILEVUKA

In a village in the province of Macuata, the traditional celebration of New Year as many Fijians know it, is still alive.

The Wailevu Village children get together from the morning and start the day with splashing water and compose funky beats on drums to welcome the New Year.

This is will go on for the rest of the month for the children whom the village headman Josaia Nawaqavolau said are being supervised.

“This has been our tradition for a long time. This is the time of the year where there is a lot of laundry needed to be washed and no one in the village is spared with dry clothes on,” he said.

“It is only done during the month of January as it is a way of welcoming the New Year.

“For this year, we had church service in the village to welcome a New Year and we had all the tikina of Wailevu coming to the village.

“Children are supervised by adults as they play with water because we never want to take a risk in a child getting involved in an accident.

“New Year in the village will be closed with a church service.”

Wailevu Village is seven kilometres west of Labasa.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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