Christmas Day is an annual holiday in Fiji every 25 December. Fiji celebrates Christmas partly like most of the rest of the world, but it also has some unique traditions of its own.
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Many Christians will attend church on 24 December and again on 25 December, and most people gather together with family for Christmas parties. Some will also go out carolling.
However, in traditional villages at least, people will gather for two-week long Christmas celebrations that culminate on New Year’s Eve. Sometimes women do traditional “fan dances”, while men do “spear dances”. And the Christmas trees are likely to be decorated with ribbons instead of tinsel.
People feast on garlic chicken, fish, cassava, and spiced mutton among other delicacies. The indulgence at these extended “lovo feasts” is truly impressive.
And one last thing to mention: Santa Claus has been known to make special appearances in Fiji. But he doesn’t ride a sleigh. He rides a speed boat out on the turquoise blue waters!
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