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Descendents Reminded of Culture

Descendents Reminded of Culture
May 15
10:28 2018

Never forget the hard work, dedica­tion, perseverance, unity and never-say-die attitude of your forefathers.

Department of Heritage and Arts principal officer Seini Vakaloloma shared these sen­timents, during the Girmit and Intangible Cultural Heritage celebration at Vunimono in Nausori yesterday.

There was great music, entertainment and display of rich intangible cultural heritage possessions that our brothers and sisters brought during the Girmit era from various parts of India.

Ms Vakaloloma said the 139th anniversary of indentured labourers’ arrival in Fiji was a time for meeting friends, sharing wisdom and quenching the thirst for great knowl­edge and background of our Fijian brothers and sisters of Indo-Fijian descent.

“The Nausori Multi-Cultural Centre came into effect with the assistance of the Fijian Government and will continue to create positive impact on our culture, custom and keep our tradition alive,” she said.

“Our aim at the Department of Heritage and Arts is to keep our multi-ethnic nature deep rooted for our children today so that our future does not suffer the consequences.

“Every culture and its remembrance are very important to us at the department.

“Remember your culture is your identity and each one should be proud of their own and respect each other’s culture so that we can prove to be a nation of solidarity.

“Their sacrifices have made you what you are today in terms of being respectful, cul­turally sound and able to survive in a mul­ti-cultural community,” Ms Vakaloloma added.

Edited by Percy Kean


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