The Bula Festival
“Bula” means “Hello,” so it should come as no surprise to learn that the annual Bula Festival in Nadi is an excellent introduction to Fiji and the Fijian people for those interested in learning more about the island country. Just as important, the Bula Festival also encompasses an entire host of exciting events, meaning that you can count on it to provide you with plentiful opportunities for some all-inclusive fun.
In total, the Bula Festival is an entire week filled with food, music, competitions, and other events of interest, held in both Koroivolu Park and Prince Charles Park. Since the Fijian people are multicultural, its events are multicultural as well, meaning that there is even more to see, do, and experience than otherwise possible. Best of all, the proceeds from the Bula Festival go to local charities, meaning that you are not just having fun but also benefiting a good cause with your participation.
Other Regular Celebrations in Fiji
With that said, the Bula Festival is just one of the numerous annual events that can be found throughout the island country of Fiji. As a result, even if you are not planning to spend much time in Nadi, you should have no problems finding something that will capture your interest.
- The Hibiscus Festival is a carnival held in Fiji’s capital for the first week of the school term. Like the Bula Festival, it is a celebration of the cultures that call Fiji home, using food, competitions, exhibitions, and entertainments to make sure that all are welcome. Of particular note is the Miss Hibiscus competition, which features thousands of competitors coming from all corners of the island country.
- October 10 is Fiji Day, which commemorates a pair of pivotal events in Fijian history. The first was on October 10, 1874, when King Seru Epenisa Cakobau ceded Fiji to the United Kingdom out of fear of the United States. Similarly, the second was on October 10, 1970, when Fiji became an independent country. For an entire week leading up to October 10, all of the cultures and religions that make up the Fijian people commemorate these events by conducting cultural performances and religious ceremonies.
- Fiji is home to a sizable Indian population, meaning that the Fijian people celebrate a number of Indian festivals. One example is Diwali, which might be better known to some people as the Festival of Lights. On this occasion, people celebrate the victory of good over evil, symbolized by the victory of light over darkness. As a result, they put on stunning light shows, shoot up spectacular fireworks, and give each other gifts. Needless to say, Diwali is the perfect occasion for some nighttime fun, which is not limited to those with Indian heritage in Fiji.
Please contact us to learn more about Fiji annual events. Each part of the island country has its own special occasions and special ways to celebrate them, meaning that a little local knowledge can make your Fijian vacation a lot more enjoyable.