History and Culture!
The best way to get involved into history and culture is to visit a traditional village!
When visiting a fiji village it is customary to present a gift of yaqona, which is also known as kava. The gift, called a sevusevu, is not expensive, half-a-kilo (which is appropriate) costs approximately $15.
It is presented to the Turaga ni Koro, the executive head of the fiji village. The presentation is usually in his house and will generally be attended by some of the older men who happen to be in the vicinity at the time and can quickly turn into a social occasion. Pounded into powder, the yaqona will be mixed with water and served.
It is important to dress modestly when away from the immediate vicinity of your fiji resort or hotel. Always carry a sulu (sarong, lavalava, pareu) to cover bathing togs or shorts and halter tops.
Fijians are known as the friendliest people in the world. Your respect for their fiji customs and traditions will not only make you a welcome guest in their villages and homes, but add another dimension to your Fijian holiday.
Important Tips About Visiting Fiji Villages:
- Dress modestly. Don't wear shorts, and women must not wear halter tops and shoulders bare.
- Do not wear hats or touch anyone's head. They are interpreted as a sign of disrespect.
- Always remove your shoes before entering any house or other building.
- Stay with your assigned host. If other fijian villagers ask you to eat or accompany them, politely note that you are with your host and would be honoured to visit with them at some other time.
- Speak softly. Raised voices are interpreted as expressing anger.
This is what a visit in a traditional village looks like...