Fijians are famous for their hearty abandonment and sense of humour and you’re sure to see this love of life at every turn during the Christmas and New Year festivities around the islands.
If you’ve never spent Christmas in the tropics, we know you’re going to love it.
It’s the time of year when true Fijian hospitality shines bright and everyone wears a smile; the churches around the country are full and the sound of choirs ring throughout the land until late into the night.
Fijians are deeply religious and the true meaning of the season is certainly not lost amongst the tinsel and glitter of runaway commercialism as is often the case in many countries around the globe.
Instead, the anniversary of the birth of Christ is held in great awe and respect. It is heralded across the land and it is celebrated in every town, village, hotel and resort around the country.
The message that Christmas brings to mankind is near and dear to the hearts of the Fijian people.
It is a message of peace, understanding, respect, caring and sharing of all good fortune. And these are things which Fijians honour every day of their lives, not just once a year.
Most resorts, hotels and motels around the country have a traditional and fun filled array of activities for the festive season.
Christmas is usually quiet with most places celebrating low key. The tree lighting ceremony is something to look forward to and this usually takes place in bigger hotels and resorts.
Something else to look out for is the creature workmanship that goes into decorating each hotel and resort.
In some cases locally grown pine trees are used and beautifully decorated with Christmas tinsel and glitter.
There is also a time when children become the centre of attention. The staff at hotels and resorts go out of their way to make Christmas special for children. Father Christmas usually arrives at the hotel or resort by boat or on horseback with his sack full of presents.
There is also heaps of activities to keep them occupied and out of harms way giving parents time to enjoy the festivities too.
Christmas and New Year is also time when food, glorious food becomes a gastronomic experience for some, and a nightmare for others with all the extra kilos of delicious, mouth-watering dishes.
It’s also lovo time for most Fijian families. Simply put, a lovo is an underground oven where an entire feast is cooked over hot rocks while buried in earth.
The succulent morsels that emerge from a lovo have a...