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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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How to get there?

• 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.

• 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.

• 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)

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Blogs / Sites about Fiji

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Images and photos about Fiji

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Videos of Fiji


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