Traditions & Culture
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2008
Song and dance are very important parts of cultural life in Fiji. These have been passed down through the generations in different ethnic communities and are performed at important life events like births, deaths and marriages.
Traditional Fijian warriors
Religious missionaries from around the world brought hymns to Fiji, which had immediate resonance with the locals. Today beautiful harmonies and bright, airy melodies are features of Fijian singing and have spawned many indigenous musical artists.
Indian bhajans are also popular for ceremonies and though there are many local artists in Hindi language, imports from Bollywood continue to dominate the air waves. Traditional Indian instruments such as the tabla and sitar are still seen played in Fiji.
With increasing urbanisation, this communal life is often only encountered in its true form in rural villages.