Fiji, officially known as the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island.
The majority of Fiji’s islands were formed through volcanic activity starting around 150 million years ago. The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands.
The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of Fiji.
Suva is the capital and the largest city of Fiji.
Around 65% of people living in Fiji are Christian, 28 % are Hindu’s, while 6.3% are Muslims.
Diwali Celebrations in Fiji :
People of Fiji celebrate Diwali, the “Festival of Lights” with much fanfare and gaiety. In fact Diwali is one of the National Holidays in Fiji.
A significant number of Hindus residing in this country celebrate the festival with traditional good will and rituals. Such is the euphoria over Diwali celebrations in Fiji that even the non-Hindu population participate in fun and celebrations related to the festival of Diwali.
During Diwali, people of Fiji clean their homes and decorate then with lights and diya’s and make Rangoli’s outside their homes, people wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets and delicious food, burst firecrackers, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
During Diwali time, the markets in Fiji are filled with Diwali shopping items like clothes, sweets, diya’s, lights, lanterns, firecrackers, etc
In Fiji, many schools also organize Diwali celebrations to let children understand the social, cultural and religious significance of Diwali Festival. In several schools Diwali celebrations are marked by organizing singing, essay writing, quiz, rangoli making and Diwali Greeting Card designing competitions besides hosting talks in Hindi, English and Fijian languages.
People also perform the traditional Diwali Lakshami Pooja and also visit temples to seek blessings of gods and goddesses.
There is a famous Hindu temple in Nadi named Sri Siva Subramaniya Hindu temple. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere and is visited by many people during Diwali.