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About Fijian Culture and Cuisine – Part 3




Fiji is a Melanesian country that is placed in the South Pacific Ocean. It is located between Hawaii and New Zealand. It consists of an archipelago.

Cuisine of Fiji

• Modern Fijian Cuisine is very diverse.
• It is greatly influenced from Indian cuisine and spices.
• The eating becomes interesting when these are used on local traditional dishes.
• A typical Fiji cuisine is a mix of European, Indian, and Chinese variants of cuisine in conjunction with traditional foods.
• Fijian food features a wonderful mix of the spicy curries which have been influenced from the Indian people.
Along with it is:
– Coconut
– Fish
– Yams
– Cassava
– other vegetables

Architecture of the Village
• The architecture of villages was easy in old Fiji.
• It was practical such that it meets the physical and social need.
• It was built in order to provide communal safety to the homes.
• These homes were square in shape and with pyramid like shaped roofs.
• The walls and roof were thatched.
• Various plants of practical use were planted nearby.
• Each village has a meeting house and also a Spirit house.
• The spirit house was elevated on the pyramid like base designed with large stones and earth.
• This is also like others, a square building.
• This building has an elongated pyramid like roof.
• There are different scented plants grown nearby.
• The homes of chiefs were of similar design.
• There has been an introduction of communities from Asia aspects in their cultural architecture.
• It is now evident in urban and rural areas of Fiji’s two main Islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
• A village structure shares similarities today but constructed with modern materials.
• The spirit houses also known by the name Bure Kalou happen to be replaced by churches of varying design.
• The urban landscape of early Colonial Fiji was reminiscent of most British colonies.
• They were present from the 19th and 20th century.
• These are visible in tropical regions of the entire world.
• This architecture remains.
• The urban landscape is evolving in progress with various modern issues.
The architecture and design becoming a lot more evident in the:
– flooring business
– industrial and domestic sector
– The rural areas are evolving with a much slower rate.

Household of a typical Fijian home in a village:
• The folks are exceedingly talented.
• They are also competent to take care of their large families.
• They had standard equipment and supplies. Their standard equipment included:
– a gas hob
– a sizable basic pot without the need of handle
– spoon
– bowl
– a cast-iron Roti pan
• A women’s role was not just to perform cooking but often included wadding out in to the sea to catch a brand new fish for the meal.
• These ladies are amazing to watch.
• They make delicious meals without measuring the constituents.
• It is all filmed by taste and a lot of practice of cooking their Fijian food.
• Fruit and vegetables and herbs that can come straight from the local farmer are inculcated in their meals and dishes.
• Fiji has low wages.
• Hence, they can’t afford to nibble on fresh meat regularly.
• There is a vegetable selling place.
• It is seen mixed brimming with beautiful colours of the vegetables, smells and uniqueness of being competent.
• One can get hold of a neatly stacked pile of tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber or simply about anything for $1 or $2.
• For special occasions like weddings and funerals it is the Fijian’s essential Lovo that is taken.
• This can be a feast for the whole class of traditional Fijian food.
• It is cooked in the earth.
• In ancient cooking they used handmade clay pots to cook their food in.
• They love starchy foods.
• They have rice, roti and root vegetables all-in-one meal.
• Within the villages, there are self-sufficient people.
They grow their own fruit:
– Bananas
– Pawpaw
– Passion fruit
– Oranges
They cook Fijian food using vegetables like:
– Eggplant
– Sweet potato
– Cassava
– Bok choi
– Beans of all varieties

Herbs & spices used in Fiji Cuisine
– curry leaves
– chilies
– basil
– coriander
• For religious reasons, Hindus and few Muslims do not eat beef and pork.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm most of the year round with minimal extremes.
• The warm season is from November till April.
• The cooler season is May to October.
• Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F).
• Temperature sensitive visitors may wish to visit during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

Location on Google Maps


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Or click and paste the URL below on your browser:
http://maps.google.co.in/maps?q=Vanua+Levu+&hl=en&sll=-16.780453,179.33044&sspn=0.71394,1.234589&hnear=Vanua+Levu&t=m&z=9

How to get there?

Air
• The Nadi International Airport is situated about 9 km to the north of central Nadi.
• It is the largest Fijian hub.
• Nausori International Airport is located about 23 kms to the northeast of Suva.
• This helps serving mostly domestic traffic.
• Labasa Airport is the main airport in Vanau Levu island.
• It is situated at Waiqele.
• This is to the southwest of Labasa Town.
• The largest aircraft that is known to be handled by Labasa Airport is the ATR42.
• Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) operates 15 public airports in the Fiji Islands.
• These include two international airports.
• Nadi international Airport is the main gateway of Fiji.
• Nausori Airport is Fiji’s domestic hub.
• It is also hub for 13 outer island airports.

Bus
• Fiji’s larger islands are equipped with extensive bus routes.
• They are consistent.
• They are affordable to the common public.
• Buses are the general transport service for the public.
• They form service between the towns on the main islands.
• Rroll-on-roll-off inter-island ferries are also served by buses.
• Bus fares and routes are regulated by the LTA.

Taxi
• Taxis are licensed by the LTA.
• They operator all through the country.
• The prices for regular taxis is F$1.50 and tariff is F$0.10 for every 200 meters.

Ships and inter-island ferries
Inter-island ferries also serve between islands of Fiji.

Some Travel Books about Fiji

Fiji (Country Travel Guide) Fiji (Travel Reference Map) Getting Stoned with Savages

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Fiji

blogs at traveltoads.com
blogs at en.wikipedia.org
blogs at everyculture.com
blogs and reviews at fijianfoodsafari.com

Images and photos about Fiji

images at everyculture.com
images at traveltoads.com
images at fijianfoodsafari.com
images at google.com

Videos of Fiji

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