Fiji









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Define Culture Describe Fiji:
Social groups:
- Native Fijian groups
- Religious Fijian groups
- Modern Fiji group
- Tourist group
- Fijian army group
- Groups of friends
- Groups of family
- Various clans


general family life
Family life in Fiji
Each Fijian village has several family units who are part of one clan. The ways in which people interact with each other is based upon how they are related to each other within the family. Respect is very important among clans. Respect is based on three main concepts: age, gender, and social distance. The older someone is, the more respect they command, regardless of gender or social rank. The amount of respect displayed also depends on the amount of social distance between people. People who interact with one another on a regular basis tend to be more relaxed and less strict about the proper respect relationships. People who do not see each other as often and are less familiar with each other follow the expected rules more strictly.
Children are usually named after a living relative. Traditionally speaking, birthdays are not celebrated in Fijian society. However, there are some people's birthdays that have special significance. For example, the first birthday of the first born child is often celebrated by both sides of the family. The father's side will bring mats that the child sits on during the feast and celebration, and then after wards the mother's side takes them away and spends time with the child.
When a death occurs, related clans and family come together in a religious and social gathering to share their sorrow and share memories about the person. Before the burial, all the friends and extended family come to pay their respects. After several days of this the actual burial takes place and Mats are placed over the grave site. One hundred days after the death the mourning is lifted and the family members have another ceremony for the person who died. The grave site is then cemented in and a final ceremony is held one year later. Each of the gatherings include both the mother's and the father's sides being brought together.
Sources: Wikipedia.com and infoplease.com.

Dating & marriage
 . Minimum marriageable age for girls is 16 years; for boys is18.
. There is neither a residence requirement nor a minimum period of stay require for marriage in Fiji.
. District Officers and Registrars may perform marriages without a marriage license. After the ceremony, it may take 15 working days to obtain the marriage certificate: 10 days for the Minister or District Officer's document to reach the Registrar General and 5-6 days for the Registrar to search its records and issues the certificate.
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Religions

According to the US 1996 Census, the religious breakdown goes, Christian (97.2%), Hindu (70.7%) and Muslim (17.9%). Some of Christian denominations are Methodist, Roman Catholic, Assembly of God and others. Latter Day Saints and Seventh day Adventists are two other noted religions.

Languages

Fiji Languages
Fiji has three main languages: English, Fijian and Hindustani. English, a remainder of British colonial rule over the islands, was the sole official language until 1997 and is widely used in Fijian government, business and education. Fijian is a spoken either as a first or second language by native Fijians who make up around 54% of the population. Fijians of Indian descent make up a further 37%, mainly speaking Hindustani.



Cultural patterns
This is a list of holidays in Fiji:
· New Year’s Day
· Good Friday
· Easter Sunday
· Easter Monday
· National Youth Day
· Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day
· Queen’s Birthday
· Fiji Day
· Diwali
· Christmas Day
· Boxing Day
One of the Fijian celebrated holidays is Christmas. To celebrate this holiday they worship, sing carols and give gifts much like our Christmases for America.

Leisure activities
. For some people, the only activities they want to take part in once they arrive in Fiji is eating, drinking, sleeping and lying on the beach. But if you have the urge to explore, there is plenty to see and do in Fiji. The land is perfect for hiking or backpacking, and there are dozen of companies that offer sea and land tours, too. This is just a sampling of things to do once you visit Fiji.
. Sri Siva-Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the southern Hemisphere, this amaizing building is easy to find and is a must see for any tourist visiting the Fiji Islands.
Sri Siva-Subramaniya temple
Sri Siva-Subramaniya temple














Arts & Music


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Fijian arts are generally separated by typical male and female crafts. Such as female crafts include tapa (masil) which is made with bark of the mulberry tree. Weaving is also popular with the women.
Carving is a very popular trend in Fiji. It has ancient roots but now is something that attracts tourists.

Fiji music
The most commonly used instruments in Fiji are the guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and lali drums. Lali drums are an important part of traditional Fijian culture, used as a form of communication to announce births, deaths, and wars. Fiji has a big Indian population which makes Indian music a big part of the music culture. The music in general is more Polynesian. Fijian folk styles are unique in their fusion of Polynesian and Melanesian traditions. Folk music isn’t as popular as vocal church music, as well as dances characterized by rich harmony and complex percussion made from slit drums or natural materials.



Food
. Fiji food i traditional style preparations and you are sure to get the smell of the Fiji culture in them. The native Fijians along with the Indo-Fijians prefer to use their hands while eating and mostly the Fiji Food is eaten on the floor and the members sits on the mat. Traditional Fiji Food are Incredibly delicious and unique and they mainly consists of Rice, sweet potatoes, Taro, Cassava, Coconut and Fish. International cuisine are available in Fiji but the popular Fiji food are mainly Local Fijian dishes along with Indian delicacies. The restaurants and hotels offer table services but the buffe-style food are also seen in most of the food outlets.
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The national specialities of Fiji food are:
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. Kakoda
. Duruka
. Lovo
. Rourou
. Breadfruit


. Alcohol is only served in the licensed in the hotels and bars and the favorite national drinks of Fiji are carlton, Fiji Bitter, Meridan Moselle and Suvanna Moselle. Thus the Fiji food are plenty and they are really Traditional delightful delicacies.


Websites
. http://www.mapsofworld.com/fiji/information/lifestyle.html
. http://Fijihomesforsale.com/fiji_real_estate_holiday_homes.html
. Info please.com
. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji