Culture & Community
Fiji boasts a rich and vibrant culture that is deeply rooted in community. Join in one of their many rituals, from firewalking to kava ceremonies, where you can share a special beverage made from the root of a kava plant. Listen to the islands’ elders pass down their traditions through captivating storytelling and arrive to the colourful display of a meke – a traditional welcome performance.
Home to some of the happiest people in the world, you’ll experience their warm hospitality at every turn.
“It feels like everyone is permanently smiling in Fiji. You receive a genuine sense of hospitality from everyone you meet, from the moment you’re welcomed with the Bula Maleya song to the farewell Isa Lei song. Leaving really was the hardest thing!”
- David, Senior Product Manager
Fiji’s Fascinating Rituals & Ceremonies
Fire Walking Ceremony
A truly mesmerising display, fire walking is a ceremonial practice that involves walking barefoot across hot stones – a test of strength and spiritual fortitude. For Fijians, fire walking represents a deep connection with the divine and is a way of honouring their heritage and ancestors. Witness this awe-inspiring spectacle and gain a greater understanding of the history and spirituality that defines Fijian culture.
The meke is a captivating performance that recounts the island country’s legends. It’s used to pass down knowledge from generation to generation, revealing Fiji’s past – from epic love stories to war victories. Watch the colourful performers in traditional dress engaging in rhythmic chanting, drumming and dancing. It’s a ‘must see’ for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of Fiji’s fascinating history.
More than just a culinary experience, lovo feasts are a celebration of family and community. Savour tender meats, seafood and vegetables that have been slowly cooked in an underground oven (or ‘lovo’). Accompanied by traditional music and performances, lovo feasts uphold the core values of Fijian society. Be sure to attend one of these delicious feasts to experience the islands’ authentic culture.
Kava ceremonies are an important part of Fiji’s social fabric. The practice involves preparing and sharing a drink made from the root of a kava plant. This special beverage is believed to promote a sense of well-being and to inspire connection amongst participants. Kava ceremonies are a symbol of friendship and provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the warm hospitality of the Fijian people.
Immerse yourself in the culture…
Experience all these extraordinary rituals and ceremonies at Nanuku Resort Fiji. Plus, master the art of glassblowing, learn how to prepare a coconut and practice other traditional Fijian arts and crafts.