Fiji Day

Fiji Day Quick Facts

AKA NameFiji Independence day, Fiji National Day
2024 Date10 October 2024
2025 Date10 October 2025

Fiji Day

Fiji Day marks the country's independence from British colonial rule. The celebration encapsulates the unity, respect, and diversity of Fiji's various cultures, making it an essential day to honor and cherish its rich heritage.

The history of Fiji Day dates back to October 10, 1970, when Fiji gained independence from British rule, having been a colony since 1874. Fiji Day is an opportunity for Fijian-Australians to connect with their heritage, share their culture, and celebrate their achievements and contribution to Australian society.

Fiji Day is observed through various cultural events and festivities organized by Fijian communities and associations across the country. These events showcase traditional Fijian music, dances, and cuisine, inviting all Australians to participate in and appreciate the vibrant Fijian culture. Fiji Day is observed annually on October 10th.

Top facts about Fiji Day

  • In 2023, WorldOMeter reported Fiji having a population of about 913,450 people.
  • In 2022, Fiji Day will be held at the Prince Alfred Square in the city of Parramatta.
  • Viti Levu is the largest island of Fiji. Its length is 65 miles and its width is 90 miles.
  • Fiji has a population of around 900,000 people, comprised of indigenous Fijians (iTaukei), Indo-Fijians, and a mix of other ethnicities.
  • Fiji has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to 3500 years ago. The islands were visited by European explorers in the 17th century, and British colonization began in 1874. Fiji gained independence from Britain in 1970 and became a republic in 1987.
  • Fijian culture is a blend of Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, Indian, Chinese, and European influences.

Top things to do for Fiji Day

  • Many Fijian restaurants and community centers will host special events, offer traditional food specials, or showcase cultural performances for Fiji Day.
  • Many Fijian-Australian communities organize private parties or gatherings in their homes, local parks, or community centers to celebrate Fiji Day.
  • Fijian communities in Australia often organize special church services to commemorate Fiji Day, with hymns, prayers, and sermons focusing on the significance of the day and expressing gratitude for the bond between Fiji and Australia.

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