Fiji Week

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Fiji Week is a week of festivities culminating in Fiji Day on 10 October (the anniversary of Fiji's independence from British colonial rule in 1970) annually. A different theme is chosen every year, but common elements include religious ceremonies and cultural performances.

Fiji Day
Observed by Fiji
Significance anniversary of independence in 1970
Date 10 October
Next time 10 October 2014 (2014-10-10)
Frequency annual

The preceding week to Fiji Day is called Fiji Week. Fiji Day is October 10th and is a double anniversary for the nation. On Fiji Day in 1874, The United Kingdom ceded the nation, and in 1970, Fiji gained its independence from British colonial rule. During Fiji Week, the nation celebrates its unity and religious and cultural diversity with performances and programs each day focused on the two main ethnic cultures--Fijan and Indian. The Christian, Muslim, and Hindu religions celebrate traditions and ceremonies A different theme is chosen every year, but common elements include religious ceremonies and cultural performances. In 2004, the festivities were undermined by a boycott by several prominent politicians and other public figures, who accused the government of using the occasion to promote a political agenda.

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